COVID -19 VACCINATIONS
Schuylkill County Emergency Management does not determine what groups or persons qualify for COVID-19 Vaccinations. All health care networks within the Commonwealth are following the guidance established in the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan, Version 5, released on January 19, 2021.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on February 9, 2021 launched a new tool called Your Turn to help Pennsylvanians understand where they fall in the vaccine prioritization effort and to be alerted when it is their turn to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.
If an individual does not have internet access or is unable to use the Your Turn tool, they can call 877-PA-HEALTH and speak with a representative to determine eligibility. If an individual is eligible, the representative will help the individual locate nearby vaccine providers and provide contact information so the individual can make a vaccine appointment directly with a provider.
With initial supplies extremely limited, the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases. Qualifying for a vaccine does not guarantee available doses or appointments. If someone does qualify, they can then visit the vaccine provider map to set up an appointment with a provider or get on that provider’s contact list.
We suggest that anyone seeking a vaccination for COVID-19, register with one of the three health care networks, Lehigh Valley Health Network , Saint Luke’s University Health System, and Geisinger Health System which operate hospitals within Schuylkill County.
Lehigh Valley Health Network sign up at My LVHN or call 484-884-1767.
Geisinger Saint Luke’s or Saint Luke's Miners sign up at Saint Luke's MyChart or call 866-785-8537 and press Option 7.
Geisinger Health System sign up at https://www.geisinger.org/mygeisinger or call 570-284-3657.
At this time, the supplies of vaccines are limited and the health networks are following the guidance in the state’s plan. We encourage everyone to continue taking all the precautions while the vaccine production is ramped up and supplies become more readily available.
For additional information on COVID-19 and the vaccination progress, we suggest you follow the information PA Department of Health website or follow local media for updates.
Currently in Phase 1A
Testing for COVID-19
Available from health care providers and laboratories within the Schuylkill County area. Each facility has different criteria that must be met before receiving a test, we suggest you check with the individual facility prior to traveling to the location. Please click the link below for the locations which we are aware of that are able to do testing:
About Health Departments
The County of Schuylkill, along with 60 of the 67 counties within the state fall under the jurisdiction of the PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH for all related matters. The counties of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia have county health departments. Additionally, the cities of Bethlehem, Allentown, Wilkes Barre and York have city health departments. The PA Department of Health can be reached at 1-877-724-3258.
COVID-19 Public Testing Information
Testing is provided FREE through a Pennsylvania state contract with AMI Testing. A site was located in Schuylkill from December 27 to 31, 2020 and over 1,600 persons were tested free of charge. The testing has now moved onto other counties, some are within a reasonable distance to Schuylkill, if you feel a test is appropriate and you are willing to travel to one of the locations.
Beginning Sunday, February 21, drive-thru testing clinics will be held to contain the spread of COVID-19 cases in the following counties:
The testing site addresses are:
- Huntingdon County: Huntingdon Plaza, Suite 1505, 7505 Huntingdon Plaza, Huntingdon, PA, 16652;
- Lackawanna County: Scranton High School, 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton, PA, 18508;
- Northumberland County: Shikellamy State Park, Marina Section, 236 Marina Road, Sunbury, PA, 17801;
- Venango County: Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 29 Shuffstall Street, Franklin, PA, 16323; and
- Westmoreland County: Rostraver Ice Garden, 111 Gallitin Road & Route 51, Belle Vernon, PA, 15012.
No appointment is necessary. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free to all patients. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing.
Testing Schedule: Sunday, February 21, 2021 to Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.