Regional vaccine clinic opens Friday at Bryce Jordan

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Volunteers from Centre Volunteers in Medicine prepare COVID-19 vaccines earlier this week at the Bryce Jordan Center.

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State University’s multipurpose facility, the Bryce Jordan Center, will be the site for a large-scale regional COVID-19 vaccination clinic beginning on Friday, April 9.

The clinic will be operated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Health as the state’s accelerated vaccination rollout plan continues.

According to a news release, the clinic will begin administering vaccines to those in the phase 1A and 1B eligibility starting on Friday, April 9. Pennsylvania residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to schedule vaccine appointments statewide beginning Monday and all adult residents will be eligible on April 19.

“Initially, this site will administer 600 doses per day, with the capacity to administer more as operations ramp up,” PEMA Director Randy Padfield said in a release. “This is a centrally-located site that will serve thousands of people from not only Centre County but also surrounding counties as well.”

On Wednesday, Phase 1A and 1B individuals in Centre County and surrounding counties who had signed up for vaccine availability notifications through the health department’s Your Turn site received the URL and call center information to sign up for an appointment at the Bryce Jordan Center.

“Centre County is honored to have a regional vaccination center located in our community,” said Centre County chair of the Board of Commissioners, Michael Pipe. “This will be an impactful resource for the residents of central Pennsylvania as we continue to recover from this pandemic.”

According to DOH data, 30,394 people in Centre County have been fully vaccinated and 18,966 are partially vaccinated. Throughout the Commonwealth, 5.7 million vaccine doses have been administered to 3.8 million people — excluding Philadelphia and federal facilities. The state ranks fifth in the country for number of total doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are pleased with this latest effort to ensure vaccine is available to Pennsylvanians,” acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “The Wolf Administration is committed in our efforts to work with high throughput providers to get the Commonwealth vaccinated. We know that this regional vaccination clinic will serve as a prime location for many Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated, and we encouraged people to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.”

The site will open to administer vaccines on Friday at 11 a.m. with appointments available on April 9, 10, 11 and 12. Beginning April 15, the RVC will operate five days a week from Thursdays through Mondays. The RVC will operate noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Prior to being a large-scale regional COVID-19 vaccination clinic, the concourse at the BJC was being used by Centre Volunteers in Medicine as a small-scale vaccination site. The BJC typically plays host to concerts, Penn State sports and community events. It was used for Penn State men’s and women’s basketball during the 2020-21 Big Ten season.

Registration for the vaccination clinic will be available at pema.trackmyvaccine.com.


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