Vaccination of rural PAs | Eyewitness News

SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – It’s a team effort in rural central and northeastern Pennsylvania to help bring PA closer to collective immunity.

Complaints and concerns have been brought to light and different organizations are stepping in to help get vaccines and appointments for people in less populated areas.

This week, United Way of the Greater Susquehanna Valley is collaborating with Custom Care Pharmacy, the Northumberland Region Agency on Aging, and Central Susquehanna Opportunities.

About 150 first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given in Sunbury on Tuesday. The goal is 350 more in Shamokin, but as United Way’s Joanne Troutman says, it won’t come without a challenge.

“Fortunately, we are starting to see that there is a lot more availability and appointments are becoming available in our area. The challenge is still, I think, that people still don’t know how to get a date.

These organizations take inspiration from the best practices of neighboring counties and are really up for grabs when it comes to reaching out to those who are having difficulty navigating the nomination process.

Check-in was closed on Wednesday evening, but residents of the Shamokin area could register for a waiting list on their website.

A reasonable number of no-shows are expected and these partner organizations aren’t trying to let any of these Moderna vaccines go to waste.

For more information on where you can get a vaccine, visit our Vaccinate NEPA page.

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