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Allegheny Countys 211 line open for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people 65 and older – WTAE Pittsburgh

Allegheny County’s 211 phone line opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday for people age 65 and older to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Castle Shannon clinic.Less than two hours later, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said all of this week’s available appointments via phone had been filled. If more appointments open, they will be announced through Allegheny Alerts and posted on the county’s website. There can also be occasional cancellations, so people may want to keep checking on availability.Video above: Demand for vaccine appointments crashes county website on SaturdayThe county said registration for vaccine appointments by phone is intended for those who do not have access to a computer or the internet or who have difficulty navigating the online registration system.The clinic is located inside the banquet hall at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department on Library Road. County officials said there are no on-site registrations or walk-up appointments. Any person who shows up without an appointment or who is not 65 or older will be turned away.As with the county’s Monroeville clinic, the Moderna vaccine will be used at the Castle Shannon clinic. Individuals who receive their first dose at Castle Shannon will receive information about registering for their second dose about 10 days before that dose is due. The Health Department said it is opening the Castle Shannon clinic to increase access to the vaccine in Allegheny County. The site will remain open as long as the department has enough vaccine. As its supply of doses increases, the Health Department intends to open more community clinics.

Allegheny County’s 211 phone line opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday for people age 65 and older to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Castle Shannon clinic.

Less than two hours later, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said all of this week’s available appointments via phone had been filled. If more appointments open, they will be announced through Allegheny Alerts and posted on the county’s website. There can also be occasional cancellations, so people may want to keep checking on availability.

Video above: Demand for vaccine appointments crashes county website on Saturday

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The county said registration for vaccine appointments by phone is intended for those who do not have access to a computer or the internet or who have difficulty navigating the online registration system.

The clinic is located inside the banquet hall at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department on Library Road. County officials said there are no on-site registrations or walk-up appointments. Any person who shows up without an appointment or who is not 65 or older will be turned away.

As with the county’s Monroeville clinic, the Moderna vaccine will be used at the Castle Shannon clinic. Individuals who receive their first dose at Castle Shannon will receive information about registering for their second dose about 10 days before that dose is due.

The Health Department said it is opening the Castle Shannon clinic to increase access to the vaccine in Allegheny County. The site will remain open as long as the department has enough vaccine. As its supply of doses increases, the Health Department intends to open more community clinics.

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