LVHN Expands COVID Vaccination Eligibility Based on Revised Pa. Guidelines
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this week that phase 1a of its vaccination plan has now expanded to include people age 65 and older as well as people ages 16-64 with serious medical conditions that make them more at risk for severe illness.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is pleased to see increased eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines and has the infrastructure in place to administer them. However, we want to stress to the community that the supply of vaccine has not expanded, and the number of doses available for distribution continues to be limited. LVHN is committed to administering the vaccine to all members of our community as quickly as possible when supply is available.
LVHN is no stranger to mass vaccination, leading the way with drive-thru flu shot clinics for more than 23 years. We have the experience and ability to vaccinate at least 5,000 people per day when we have adequate vaccine supply. While we are prepared, the State of Pennsylvania determines the size and timing of each COVID-19 vaccine shipment based upon the amount of vaccine the federal government allocates to Pennsylvania.
Currently, all of the doses LVHN has in hand are accounted for through scheduled appointments. However, people can sign up to be notified when it’s their turn to schedule an appointment. No special information or codes are necessary.
As a result of the demand for the vaccine and the limited supply at this time, the health network’s patient portal, MyLVHN, is the easiest path to vaccination. Everyone with a MyLVHN account will be preregistered for a COVID-19 vaccine. You'll receive a notification when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule your vaccine appointment on MyLVHN. If you do not have a MyLVHN account, you can create one at MyLVHN.org. You do not need to be a current patient of LVHN, LVPG or Coordinated Health to open a MyLVHN account.
For timely information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit LVHN.org/vaccines.
LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.