Health system expanding vaccines to community EMS workers
The health system is currently administering both the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at its facilities. As one of the first health care systems in the Commonwealth to receive the vaccine, Geisinger began administering it to its employees in mid-December, starting with front-line workers. With nearly 24,000 employees spanning across Pennsylvania, about 40 percent of Geisinger staff have received the first dose of the vaccine.
Additionally, in line with the Pennsylvania Department of Health order to vaccinate certain health care personnel, Geisinger is using 10 percent of its vaccine for non-Geisinger employees who the DOH defines as phase 1A health care personnel. This includes EMS workers and community providers who give inpatient care. Geisinger has been reaching out to these workers and providers to coordinate vaccinations.
While it’s expected to be well into the year until the vaccine becomes widely available to the public, Geisinger is working to make it easy to receive both COVID vaccine doses, including making the vaccine available at no cost to patients.
With more shipments of the vaccines making their way to Geisinger and many in our community receiving the vaccine, Geisinger continues to encourage the preventive measures that have been stressed to help stop the spread of the virus as it’s expected to be well into the summer before vaccines are readily available for all community members. Everyone, including those who receive the vaccine, should continue to properly wear a mask, avoid group gatherings, maintain physical distancing and practice proper handwashing.
For answers to questions about the vaccine, visit the Geisinger COVID-19 vaccine resources center at geisinger.org/COVIDvax.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.