COVID-19 vaccine is available in the area, and a clinic is scheduled for the end of the week in Bradford.
BRMC will hold its next vaccine clinic from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s building at 450 W. Washington St. — the former St. Bernard School.
Visit brmc.com to register for Friday’s clinic, as there are multiple appointment slots left.
“As we receive additional doses, we’ll plan to hold community vaccine clinics accordingly. When details for those clinics are finalized, we’ll share registration links for the community,” said Melissa Sullivan, vice president, clinical and support services, Upper Allegheny Health System.
She also said that if anyone has questions or needs help registering, they should call the McKean County call center number at 814-887-3443.
Second doses from BRMC’s March 23 clinic will be given April 13.
Registration links for upcoming clinics will also be available at www.brmc.com, under COVID Vaccine Information.
The McKean County Department of Emergency Services has announced that they are reaching out to area residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and who registered for the waiting list prior to 4 p.m. Thursday.
Those who provided an email are encouraged to look for a new message. Those who did not should be expecting a phone call — both regarding the upcoming clinic in Bradford.
Register for the waiting list at mckeancountypa.org; COVID-19 vaccination list. There is also a link to self-register for the Bradford clinic on the site.
As of mid-afternoon Monday, there were numerous appointments available from 9:21 a.m. to 4:57 p.m. Appointments are being taken at times with four-minute intervals, and multiple appointments are being scheduled in each time slot.
There were no appointments left at 10:05, 11:01 and 11:05 a.m. and 1:01, 2:01 and 4:01 p.m. or for any of the slots after 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Bradford Walmart released a statement via social media Friday that they were administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents were directed to http://walmart.com/covidvaccine to sign up for a vaccine.
A visit to the site gives the visitor a “Schedule now” link. This sends the visitor to a page offering Walmarts in the surrounding area. Bradford and Warren Walmarts show a pop-up window announcing “We are out of vaccine at this store. We’re working hard to get more in-stock. In the meanwhile, please try another store in your area or check back later.”
Choosing St. Marys Walmart provides a page that asks for the visitor’s eligibility category. There is a link at the bottom for those not yet eligible, which simply thanks the visitor for waiting.
An attempt to get clarification from Walmart officials led to the following statement.
“Timing of doses will depend on when we receive an allocation from federal and state governments, but we expect weekly allocations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program,” said Courtney Paulson, Walmart’s Global Communications — Corporate Affairs representative, based in Bentonville, Ark.
She continues, “It is difficult to forecast when we will receive the vaccines. Stores/Clubs will receive the vaccine at different times in different locations. We also don’t have say over which vaccines we get, but you can see which stores have which types of vaccine on our scheduler.”
Paulson explained that Walmart is working directly with the state and CDC to reflect the appropriate state eligibility guidelines for the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, and “we will make those adjustments and updates to the scheduler in the timelines CDC has established weekly.”
She advised that the best way to stay up-to-date on the availability of vaccine at Bradford Walmart is via the website, Walmart.com/covidvaccine.