COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning and Preparedness at Grand View Health

Updated March 24, 2021

On Thursday, March 18, Grand View Health received a letter from the Pa. Department of Health regarding our COVID-19 vaccine program. The letter asked Grand View Health in the near term “to stand by” as the DOH “temporarily focuses allocation on other providers amid limited supply.”

The letter goes on to explain that Grand View Health should not expect to receive additional first doses over the next several weeks.

Additional information about vaccine availability is available on the PA DOH website.

Here is what you need to know about vaccine distribution at Grand View Health:

  • If you already have a scheduled first or second dose appointment, you should come to your appointment as scheduled. We have vaccine supply to vaccinate anyone with an appointment.
  • Individuals who completed a pre-registration form to be placed on the Grand View Health wait list—or those who have registered but not received a confirmed appointment through the patient portal—will receive additional information about vaccine availability at Grand View Health via the email address they provided when we learn more from the state. We will also update on GVH.org and through social media as additional information is made available.
  • Grand View Health has delivered 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to community members who fall into group 1A, including many of our health care workers.
  • The DOH has stated it will continue ensuring that providers including Grand View Health are able to cover all their second-dose needs within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended timeline. Per the DOH statement: “As Pennsylvania’s supply from the federal government grows, we will look to expand allocations again and re-activate all providers back in the COVID-19 vaccine administration network.”

Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine in PA?

In Pennsylvania, only individuals in Phase 1A are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. This group includes:

  • Healthcare personnel
  • Long-term care facility residents and workforce
  • Persons ages 65 and older
  • Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions
  • Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients