Adams County health care providers received 800 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week, in addition to the 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine received by the hospital two weeks ago.
The vaccines now are available for distribution through the Cumberland Adams Pharmacy, located in the Kennie’s Market in Biglerville, to all people who are in Phase 1A of the state’s rollout system (See table below).
Phase 1A is the first of four phases of the state’s vaccine rollout and includes health-care workers, including doctors, nurses, dentists, counselors, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and others.
Long-term care nursing home facility residents are being administered their vaccines through a separate program administered by CVS pharmacies.
People who are in phase 1A occupations and who wish to receive a vaccine should email (email protected) for an appointment. Appointments are being scheduled in the pharmacy beginning Thursday Jan 14.
Cumberland Valley pharmacist Bryan Gobin said the vaccine is free and that the pharmacy would bill patients’ health insurance for the cost of the administration. Gobin said most health insurance plans would cover the cost of the injection.
Gobin said the pharmacy is likely to begin immunizing people in phase 1B, which includes those over 75 years old, education workers, postal workers, and others, very soon and that people in this group could also send an email to request information.
Gobin said he had contacted the Biglerville Fire Department about potentially hosting a clinic there and that he had reached out to local pharmacy schools to find people qualified to give the vaccine.
“We’re ready to go. We’re OK to get more,” said Gobin.
Pharmacists at Cumberland Adams administered almost 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine in Cumberland and Perry Counties last week.
Gobin could not say when vaccination of individuals in Phase 1C would begin, but he expected to be getting more vaccines in the near future. “We have the bandwith. We have 10 pharmacists who can immunize,” said Gobin.
|Phase 1A||Phase 1B||Phase 1C||Phase 2|
|Long-term care facility residents
Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
|• People ages 75 and older
• People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as LTCF and persons receiving home and community-based services
• First responders
• Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
• Food and agricultural workers
• U.S. Postal Service workers
• Manufacturing workers
• Grocery store workers
• Education workers
• Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
• Public transit workers
• Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
|• People ages 65-74
• People aged 16-64 with high risk conditions causing increased risk for severe disease
Essential workers in these sectors:
• Transportation and logistics
• Water and wastewater
• Food service
• Housing construction
• Finance, including bank tellers
• Information technology
• Energy, including nuclear reactors
• Legal services
• Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff
• Public safety
• Public health workers
|• All individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older and do not have a contraindication to the vaccine (note that at this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17)|
Charles Stangor is Gettysburg News’s Publisher and Editor in Chief.