It’s been seven weeks since the COVID-19 vaccine began rolling out in Pennsylvania and doses arrived in Lycoming County.
So far, 7,346 partial vaccinations and 1,867 full vaccinations have been administered in Lycoming County. Numbers have fluctuated from day to day with over 400 on Jan. 25 but as few as two on Jan. 28, according to the state.
Despite the state Department of Health’s decision to allow individuals ages 65 and older to get the vaccine, as well as those who are at high risk, just over 6% of Lycoming County’s population has been partially vaccinated and 1.8% has been fully vaccinated.
Medical organizations agree that the slow rollout is due to limited access to the vaccine, particularly as the Phase 1A expansion was introduced on Jan. 19.
According to delivery numbers for the state, the following providers have received vaccine doses as of Jan. 29:
- UPMC Susquehanna, hospitals in Lycoming County: 6,650
- Geisinger Medical Center’s hospitals In Lycoming County: 13,000
- River Valley Health and Dental (Williamsport): 1,000
- Family Practice Center’s facilities in Lycoming County: 1,900
According to Geisinger, roughly two-thirds of its health care employees have received the vaccine. The medical facility recently announced that it administered its 50,000th vaccine.
However, due to uncertainty surrounding the vaccine’s availability, the center announced Friday that it will not accept any new first-dose appointments at this time. All existing appointments will continue as scheduled for the time being.
“Demand for the vaccine is still incredibly high in our communities, and we will continue to provide the vaccine as supplies and logistics allow,” said Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger’s president and CEO. “We know a lot of people continue to have questions about when they can get an appointment. We ask for everyone’s patience and encourage you to visit geisinger.org/COVIDvax and myGeisinger regularly for the latest information.”
River Valley Health and Dental, which is on Hepburn Street in Williamsport and serves between 14,000 and 17,000 Lycoming County residents, has increased its waiting list for vaccines since the expansion to allow individuals 65 and older, according to Karla Sexton, compliance officer.
“We have doubled our waiting list to currently around 4,000 registrants,” Sexton said. “Conversely, our supply has not yet been proportionally increased.
UPMC Susquehanna did not respond to a request for comment for this story. Roughly two weeks ago, the medical group said it was expecting roughly 80% of its health care workers to receive the vaccine.
However, it has announced that it is not accepting any new appointments for vaccinations at this time.
In a press conference this week, Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged that Pennsylvania is “in the middle of the pack” for vaccine doses compared to other states. He blamed the federal government, saying that despite the state increasing the number of vaccine eligible individuals, the supply from the government did not reflect that.
Pennsylvania currently is receiving roughly 143,000 doses per week.
Below is a list of Lycoming County’s full vaccine deliveries since Dec. 17, 2020:
|Provider Location||City||Pfizer Doses||Delivered||Moderna Doses||Delivered|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||1,950||Thursday, December 17, 2020|
|Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital||Jersey Shore||3,000||Wednesday, December 23, 2020|
|Susquehanna Community Health and Dental||Williamsport||100||Wednesday, December 23, 2020|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||400||Wednesday, December 23, 2020|
|Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital||Jersey Shore||2,000||Tuesday, December 29, 2020|
|Hughesville Family Practice||Hughesville||300||Thursday, January 07, 2021|
|Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital||Jersey Shore||3,000||Tuesday, January 05, 2021|
|FPC-Southside Family Medicine||South Williamsport||100||Tuesday, January 05, 2021|
|Health Services Pharmacy||Williamsport||800||Thursday, January 07, 2021|
|Susquehanna Community Health and Dental||Williamsport||100||Wednesday, January 06, 2021|
|Susquehanna Community Health and Dental||Williamsport||100||Friday, January 08, 2021|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||975||Tuesday, January 05, 2021|
|Hughesville Family Practice.||Hughesville||300||Wednesday, January 13, 2021|
|Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital||Jersey Shore||3,000||Monday, January 11, 2021|
|FPC Southside Medicine||South Williamsport||200||Wednesday, January 13, 2021|
|Lycoming County SHC||Williamsport||100||Wednesday, January 13, 2021|
|Susquehanna Community Health and Dental||Williamsport||300||Tuesday, January 12, 2021|
|Hughesville Family Practice.||Hughesville||200||Friday, January 22, 2021|
|Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital||Jersey Shore||2,000||Wednesday, January 20, 2021|
|Susquehanna Community Health and Dental||Williamsport||100||Tuesday, January 19, 2021|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||975||Tuesday, January 19, 2021|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||975||Friday, January 22, 2021|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||400||Wednesday, January 20, 2021|
|Hughesville Family Practice.||Hughesville||100||Wednesday, January 27, 2021|
|Hughesville Family Practice.||Hughesville||300||Monday, January 25, 2021|
|FPC- Family Practice Center Muncy||Muncy||100||Wednesday, January 27, 2021|
|FPC Southside Medicine||South Williamsport||200||Monday, January 25, 2021|
|FPC Southside Medicine||South Williamsport||200||Wednesday, January 27, 2021|
|River Valley Health and Dental Center||Williamsport||100||Monday, January 25, 2021|
|River Valley Health and Dental Center||Williamsport||200||Wednesday, January 27, 2021|
|UPMC Williamsport||Williamsport||975||Thursday, January 28, 2021|