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UPMC Vaccines

UPMC’s Station Medical Center in Altoona is opening its vaccination center Tomorrow morning. Some of you could be receiving a call this evening saying you’re next to receive the vaccine.

The center is administering doses of the Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to residents in phase 1a who are on the UPMC vaccination waitlist. Site administrator Doug Husey tells me there are about 400 people on the waitlist right now and the center has 500 doses to give. He says staff will be notifying 100 residents this evening to set up appointments.

But the center won’t just be open for a few days or weeks, Husey says it’s to open indefinitely, operating every weekday from 8 am to 4 pm. He says signing up to be on the waitlist is the first step toward getting vaccinated.

You can register online at VACCINE.UPMC.COM or call 844-UPMC-VAC. Once you’re on the waitlist you’ll be contacted to set up an appointment when enough vaccines are available. After your appointment is scheduled, you’re guaranteed to receive your first dose. But Husey says if something changes, no doses will go to waste.

“There are 10 doses in moderna and there are 6 in Pfizer. Once you puncture the vaccine do you have within a limited time, I’m going to say about five hours, to get it into someone’s arm. So if we have a cancellation or something else will make the phone calls out people have them come in.”

UPMC is also opening centers at their hospitals in Bedford and Somerset. Bedford has 125 doses right now, Somerset has 300.


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