Huge demand pauses vaccine registration at Wayne Memorial

Lords Valley. “Right now we are transitioning from vaccinating Phase 1A individuals to Phase 1B, which is a very large population,” said executive director Frederick Jackson.

13 Jan 2021 | 03:23

As of Jan. 12, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers is temporarily suspending phone and email registration for Covid-19 vaccinations due to an extraordinary number of requests and the availability of supply.

“Unfortunately, we do not know from week to week how much vaccine we will be receiving,” said Frederick Jackson, executive director of the health centers.

By the end of this week, Wayne Memorial will have administered close to 2,000 vaccines to healthcare personnel and others in Phase 1A of the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines for vaccination, he said.

Clinics were opened in Honesdale, Tafton, and Carbondale, with two more scheduled for Hamlin and Lords Valley immediately after the health centers received a supply of Moderna vaccine.

“Right now we are transitioning from vaccinating Phase 1A individuals to Phase 1B, which is a very large population,” Jackson said. Phase 1B includes teachers, police, firefighters, grocery store clerks, correction officers, child-care workers, clergy and people age 75 and over.

“If we could vaccinate everyone in Phase 1B today, we would,” he said, “but again, it all depends upon supply.”

WMCHC is anticipating more substantial supplies of vaccine in the near future and “we will alert the public as soon as we can open up registration again.”

For more information visit wmh.org.