January 22, 2021
Butler Health System Clarion Hospital has collaborated with Clarion County government officials and emergency management team in planning for the next phase in community vaccination. “The issue right now is a profoundly limited supply of vaccine” said Steven Davis, Clarion Hospital President. We simply have received little vaccine to date. But we are preparing to vaccinate on a larger scale should the supply open up in the near future”.
That meant working with Clarion County to identify a location, resources and support staff necessary for an organized, community approach. “We identified a location within 1 day (the former Peebles store adjacent to Burger King) and we have been working closely with Clarion Hospital leadership on the required logistics for successful deployment and vaccine administration”, said Ted Tharan, Clarion County Commissioner.
Earlier in the week, PA Department of Health surprised state-wide hospital community by substantially expanding the criteria for “phase 1A” community members eligible to receive the vaccine. The hospital community is very concerned that not nearly enough vaccine has been released by the state in order to vaccinate all it has deemed eligible under “1A” status.
Butler Health System leadership is firmly committed to vaccinating all who are eligible as quickly and thoroughly as vaccine is received from PA DOH. To date Butler Health System has administered approximately 5000 doses of vaccine and regularly asks the DOH for additional supply. “We’ll take care of all of the logistics of storing, handling, administering, scheduling and tracking the vaccine, and Clarion County officials have graciously stepped up to provide the location, security and support staff” said Leslie Walters, whose been leading the effort at Clarion Hospital.
The new site will be ready on Wed, Jan 27. If you are scheduled for your vaccine on or after this date please note the location change. Walk-ins will not be accepted. All scheduling is through the hospitals website https://www.butlerhealthsystem.org/CoronaVirus/COVID-19-Vaccine-Scheduling.aspx. Please check the website regularly for eligibility and clinic times. Scheduling is subject to change, including periodic closure, based on vaccine supply.