Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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LVHN Now Providing COVID-19 Vaccines to New Essential Worker Groups and Phase 1B

As part of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) commitment to vaccinate the most people possible, beginning today LVHN is opening vaccine appointments to educators and child care workers, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, grocery store workers, food and agriculture workers and everyone under Phase 1B. LVHN also will continue to expand eligibility over the coming weeks to additional phases as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

While we will continue to vaccinate people in Phase 1A, the state has expanded eligibility to these groups:

  • Educators and child care workers, including pre-K through 12 teachers and other school staff, as well as the faculty and staff of colleges and universities.

  • Law enforcement, including police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.

  • Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.

  • Grocery store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores. 

  • Food and agriculture workers, including all food-processing company employees, including meat, poultry and dairy processing, fresh fruit and vegetable packing operations, food manufacturing, and all farm workers, farm operators and farm managers, including at urban agriculture operations.

  • Phase 1B, including people in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities and persons receiving home- and community-based services, college students residing in apartments or dorms, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, clergy and other essential support for houses of worship, public transit workers and individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs.

LVHN has prepared by opening new, larger vaccine clinics, hosting ongoing mass vaccination drive-throughs and by offering appointments at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, LVH–Hazleton and LVH–Schuylkill. With these expanded efforts, LVHN expects to deliver up to 36,000 doses per week.

First-dose appointments can be scheduled at clinics located at the former A.C. Moore store, 2633 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, and at Northampton Crossings shopping center in the former Sears Appliance and Hardware store, 3768 Easton Nazareth Highway, Palmer Township. Both locations open April 12 and will provide COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only.

LVHN is committed to administering the vaccine as quickly as possible to those who are eligible at the time. LVHN will cover all costs. The LVHN plan for administering COVID-19 vaccines is determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s phased approach to vaccination.

To schedule an appointment for any LVHN COVID-19 vaccination event including drive-through clinics, people in these industries as well as in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, can sign in to MyLVHN, the health network’s patient portal. Essential workers can fill out the COVID-19 Essential Worker Questionnaire and will be notified when they can schedule their vaccination. They also can schedule an appointment by calling our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD). The COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. However, because of large demand and call volume, you may be on hold. MyLVHN will be your fastest and easiest way to schedule.

The best thing you can do to preregister for vaccination is to create a MyLVHN account. You’ll be notified when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule your vaccine appointment on MyLVHN.

For current vaccination information, visit LVHN.org/vaccines.

Even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, people must continue to wear a mask in public, wash hands frequently and stay socially distant until the majority of our community is vaccinated.

About LVHN

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.