Allentown Health Bureau is out of COVID-19 vaccines

Written by on February 22, 2021

Allentown Health Bureau is out of COVID-19 vaccines

By Tyler Pratt

February 22, 2021

The Allentown Health Bureau has been distributing vaccines at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Photo | Jen Rehill / WLVR

Allentown is out of COVID-19 vaccines. Between winter weather delays and a state Moderna vaccine shortage, the city is dry causing the city to cancel all appointments for the rest of the week. 

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Exasperation is running high for Allentonians hoping to get vaccinated. 

“We have frustration from folks who can’t schedule. They haven’t been able to find a dose. Now we have frustration in the people who were so ecstatic they found a dose then we have frustration in the people who can’t get their second dose,” says Vicky Kistler is the director of the Allentown Health Bureau.

Allentown just started giving out second doses of the vaccine. The delays now put some people up against the max time frame to get their next shot.

“I want to say there is no cause for concern, however, we know we’re in Pennsylvania weather so we are going to do everything we can with whatever doses we are given to ensure everyone gets their second dose within the 42 days,” Kistler says.

Kistler asked the Pennsylvania Department of Health to make sure the next doses are sent soon. 

“We’re asking mother nature to cooperate with that so that there aren’t more delays in shipments and there aren’t rescheduled clinics and we’re asking PA DOH to help ensure we’ll have vaccines to make that happen,” she says.

People scheduled to get vaccinated Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 this week are now moved to the same time on March 4. People lined up for Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 are now scheduled for March 3. 

Kistler is asking people with appointments to keep an eye on email, spam folders and check their phones for messages so they don’t show up for canceled clinics.

Bethlehem’s Health Bureau has enough doses to get through the week. But officials there aren’t adding any new appointments in light of the vaccine shortage. 

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