New UPMC website allows people to register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments – pennlive.com

A new UPMC website and phone number enables people to sign up to receive notification and schedule an appointment when COVID-19 vaccine is available, although appointments aren’t immediately being scheduled.

However, UPMC said it’s encouraging people to sign up so they can quickly get an appointment when vaccine becomes available.

“Vaccine supply from the state and federal government is still limited, but by registering now we will be able to contact you about scheduling an appointment when vaccine is available. Please be patient – we want to vaccinate as many people as possible and will do so quickly once we receive vaccine from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is no way to get vaccine other than the Commonwealth, and vaccinating the public will take weeks to months, not days,” UPMC said.

People can find more information and register here. UPMC said its vaccine is available to patients as well as non-patients. People who prefer to register by phone can call 844-876-2822 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on any day.

UPMC is facing the same shortage affecting most if not all other health systems and pharmacies. While tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians have appointments and are getting vaccinated each week, a major backlog quickly arose after Pennsylvania expanded vaccine eligibility on Jan. 19. Some providers stopped taking requests for new appointments.

York-based WellSpan, for example, recently said it has a backlog of about 45,000 people seeking appointments.

The good news is that vaccination of health care workers, who have received much of the supply so far, is winding down, leaving more vaccine for others.

Pennsylvania’s allocation of vaccine, which is being distributed by the federal government has also been growing.

Last week, Pennsylvania received 183,575 first doses and 143,275 second doses.

As of early Monday, Pennsylvania has received about 3 million doses since vaccine became available shortly before Christmas. About 632,000 people have received the two doses needed for full protection.

Roughly 4 million Pennsylvanians are part of Phase 1A for receiving vaccine, which includes health care workers, long term care residents, everyone 65 and older, and people 16-64 with chronic medical conditions.

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New UPMC website allows people to register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments – pennlive.com

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