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Proposed mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Lancaster County would aim to give 6,000 shots per day – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

Lancaster County commissioners heard a proposal for a mass COVID-19 vaccination site that would aim to vaccinate up to 6,000 per day.Dr. Michael Ripchinski, of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, presented the plan Tuesday on behalf of four health systems and county emergency management.Under the proposal, the site would open March 15 and operate seven days a week for 12 hours each day.”Some of the problems we’ll be able to solve. We’ll make it less frustrating to find vaccine appointments. We’ll also be able to centrally locate the facility so that people can easily get in and out and get their vaccine quite quickly,” Ripchinski said.The location hasn’t been announced yet, but former retail spaces – like empty Kmart stores or a department store at Park City Center – have served other needs recently.Ripchinski said there will be a single website for scheduling an appointment at the community vaccination center, so residents won’t have to search multiple sites.There will also be a call center for people who prefer to schedule by phone.”People can call with questions, potentially schedule or reschedule or cancel an appointment and make it easier for people that wouldn’t necessarily have immediate access to a computer,” Ripchinski said.The plan depends on the vaccine supply that the county is able to get from the state. The county hopes the state will reallocate doses to the site.

Lancaster County commissioners heard a proposal for a mass COVID-19 vaccination site that would aim to vaccinate up to 6,000 per day.

Dr. Michael Ripchinski, of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, presented the plan Tuesday on behalf of four health systems and county emergency management.

Under the proposal, the site would open March 15 and operate seven days a week for 12 hours each day.

“Some of the problems we’ll be able to solve. We’ll make it less frustrating to find vaccine appointments. We’ll also be able to centrally locate the facility so that people can easily get in and out and get their vaccine quite quickly,” Ripchinski said.

The location hasn’t been announced yet, but former retail spaces – like empty Kmart stores or a department store at Park City Center – have served other needs recently.

Ripchinski said there will be a single website for scheduling an appointment at the community vaccination center, so residents won’t have to search multiple sites.

There will also be a call center for people who prefer to schedule by phone.

“People can call with questions, potentially schedule or reschedule or cancel an appointment and make it easier for people that wouldn’t necessarily have immediate access to a computer,” Ripchinski said.

The plan depends on the vaccine supply that the county is able to get from the state. The county hopes the state will reallocate doses to the site.

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