'Everyone is welcome here': York County's first mass vaccination site opens Thursday

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

York County's first mass vaccination site is slated to open Thursday — and people in the Phase 1A group can schedule appointments as early as Monday.

The clinic is housed in the Manchester Crossroads shopping center, located at 351 Loucks Road in Manchester Township. The county is working in partnership with WellSpan Health.

The site will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The last available doses will be administered at 8:35 p.m. each day, according to Stephanie Andreozzi, the co-leader of WellSpan Health’s vaccination team.

"I think a site of this size gives us the ability to have a really conservative one-way flow with ample social distancing and the ability to expand lanes as our needs increase in the community," she said.

At the current capacity, seven of the facility's 14 lanes will be open to provide doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Approximately 784 vaccine doses will be available daily, Andreozzi said. 

No walk-ins will be accepted. Vaccine appointments can be made by visiting www.wellspan.org/covid19/ or by calling 855-851-3641.

The state has said the site should expect to receive the same allocation of vaccines for the rest of the month, meaning local health officials don't anticipate any shortages, Andreozzi said.

"That level of consistency is allowing us to schedule appointments with the confidence that we will have the vaccines to keep those appointments," she added.

Patients on average will spend 30 to 45 minutes in the clinic.

After a preliminary health screening, patients will receive their vaccination and then wait in a socially distanced observation area for 15 to 30 minutes before exiting, according to 

vaccine site director Adam Hawk.

In case of an allergic reaction or medical emergency, the facility is equipped with first aid kits and automated external defibrillators, Hawk added.

Earlier this month, the York County Board of Commissioners approved a four-month lease at the shopping center for $35,000 a month plus utilities and start-up costs, officials said. 

Funding will be reimbursed to the county through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

As of Thursday, 51,703 York County residents had been fully vaccinated. Statewide, approximately 1,592,188 individuals have been fully vaccinated, according to state data.

"It's really important for people to get vaccinated," Wheeler said Wednesday during a news conference. "This is a community vaccination site, so whether you're a patient of UPMC, Family First or Wellspan Health — everyone is welcome here."

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.