Contact: Greene County Commissioners
SWPA Area Agency on Aging Joins Vaccine Coalition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WAYNESBURG – Since the first week of January, a coalition of medical authorities, county officials and other agencies have been meeting weekly in order to plan, organize and effectively administer the COVID-19 Vaccine. Greene County participates in a supporting role and continues to be a partner in information gathering, plan validation and assisting in any other way available. This past week, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Inc. joined the team as a new partner.
In an e-mail, Rachal Estle, Greene County Supervisor, SWPA Area Agency on Aging stated that, “The Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is pleased to announce their cooperation with the Greene County Commissioners and Greene County Transportation Services to offer free rides to all seniors, 60 years of age and older, needing transportation to and from their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. For those who are interested in scheduling transportation to and from a vaccination site, call Greene County Transportation at (724) 627-6778 and please have your COVID-19 vaccination appointment information available to help coordinate your ride.” The Area Agency on Aging will also make vaccine appointments for individuals that do not have access to the internet.
Planning, coordination and communication through the coalition meetings validate a significant capacity in Greene County to administer COVID-19 vaccines, the issue is the small amount of vaccine available through the state and federal distribution programs.
“Due to the limited vaccine that has been allocated to Greene County, our main focus is to administer the vaccine to the Greene County residents following the Department of Health’s Phased approach safely and efficiently. We are very appreciative of all those involved in all aspects of the vaccine program.” said Commissioner Betsy McClure.
Washington Health Systems Greene anticipates the opening of their COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, increasing their current capacity to administer the vaccine, starting on Monday, February 15. The clinic will be operated in the old Wellness Center of the hospital at 350 Bonar Avenue Waynesburg, PA. Individuals that desire receiving the vaccine need to make an appointment through the Washington Health System’s registration website located at https://whs.org/covid/.
Cornerstone Care, Centerville Clinics, McCracken’s, Rite Aid and Giant Eagle Pharmacies also have limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines available. Phone numbers for these health care providers are available on the Commonwealth’s vaccine provider map that is available at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx This vaccine provider map ensures that all enrolled vaccine providers have their information publicly available.
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.
Additional information can be obtained on the Greene County Commissioner’s Facebook page, by calling (724) 852-5210 or individual healthcare providers.
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