It’s not worth a shot: Don’t hang around hoping for a leftover vaccine

Written by on February 11, 2021

It’s not worth a shot: Don’t hang around hoping for a leftover vaccine

By Hayden Mitman

February 11, 2021

Licensed practical nurse Starlette Sumpter administers COVID-19 vaccinations at a clinic at Montgomery County College in Blue Bell, Pa. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Stories about people getting the vaccine without waiting their turn are popping up all over. 

Local healthcare officials say, however, that vaccine supply is short and people who show up without an appointment will be turned away.

Officials at Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Bethlehem Health Bureau say no one should be stalking clinics in the hopes of getting the vaccine. 

It’s not worth a shot. 

A spokesman for LVHN says the network is making sure that there aren’t leftover vaccines at the end of the day. On rare occasions there are, doses have been given to health care workers. 

In Bethlehem, the city’s health director says they too have had little excess, and what they have had was given to police and fire department staff. Officials are building a waitlist for any extra doses going forward for city employees only.

The state has created the new  “Your Turn” tool, which is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website to help people determine eligibility. 

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