Mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held at Jaffa Shrine Center

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Mainline Pharmacy plans to hold a large COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Jaffa Shrine Center starting March 30.

They expect to start with 1,200 vaccinations March 30 and will continue to expand that number over the next several weeks. According to a news release, Mainline plans to hold the clinic regularly at the Jaffa Shrine Center (2200 Broad Ave, Altoona) “for the foreseeable future.”

Director of Pharmacy, John Pastorek says “We had a lot of people from Altoona going to Saint Francis and Ebensburg or Loretto but a lot of people cant make that trip. Even a 20-minute trip is tough for some people…People want the vaccine and it’s finally a time where it’s readily available so I hope people take advantage of it.”

Mainline Pharmacy plans to use the Moderna vaccination at the Jaffa Shrine site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the exception of days where there are events at the facility.

CFO of Mainline Pharmacy, Steven Decriscio says “We thought that the Jaffa would work perfectly for us. They’ve got ample parking and a large facility. We can keep everyone socially distanced while we’re getting them through registration to schedule their second shots.”

The pharmacy opened new sites in Somerset County this week as well.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to Pennsylvanians in Phase 1A of the vaccination plan in accordance with guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Mainline said they stand ready to vaccinate “tens of thousands more Pennsylvanians” when the state moves to Phase 1B.

Anyone who would like to make an appointment for the vaccine, you can do so on Mainline Pharmacy’s website. Participants are encouraged to check the website frequently if appointments are unavailable as they continue to add new appointment slots.

APPOINTMENTS BY PHONE

If you do not have internet access, you can make an appointment by calling the following Mainline Pharmacies:

  • Cresson: 814-886-5667
  • Portage: 814-736-4530
  • Ebensburg: 814-472-9390
  • Nanty Glo: 814-419-6717
  • Hastings: 814-247-9959
  • Somerset: 814-445-6511
  • Davidsville: 4-479-2588
  • Blairsville Pharmacy: 724-459-7400
  • Long Term Care: 814-736-3044
  • Bushy Run Pharmacy: 724-744-3300

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