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Blair EMA working with hospitals

Effort to vaccinate non-affiliated workers

The director of the Blair County Emergency Management Agency is appealing to county health care workers eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines as part of the state’s Phase 1a priority group — but not affiliated with a hospital — to make vaccination arrangements.

That includes ambulance workers, nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, technicians, phlebotomists, pharmacists, students and trainees; direct support professionals, clinical workers in schools and prisons and others who could be exposed to COVID-19 infection, according to Mark Taylor.

Taylor is working with UPMC Altoona, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Penn Highlands Tyrone and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital on the distribution, according to the news release.

Potentially eligible people connected with UPMC should go to UPMC.com/HealthCareVaccine to fill out a form to register their organization or else call 814-833-299-4358 to receive a link to request a form, according to a news release from Taylor.

Those who don’t have a hospital contact and those who are unsure if they or their agency are eligible in Phase 1a should call Blair County Emergency Management at 814-940-5900 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, so that Blair EMA can get in touch with a hospital to set up a time for agency workers to be vaccinated.

Schedules may “fluctuate” depending on availability of vaccines, according to Taylor.

A spokesman for each eligible agency will be notified about when and where to report for shots.

“It is vital that each agency assure their personnel are reporting to the selected hospital on the date and time they were scheduled, along with proper identification,” Taylor wrote.

Information about the county plan is on the Blair EMA website: http://www.blairco.org/Dept/EmergencyMgmt/Pages/COVID19.aspx.

Hospitals are required to make 10 percent of their vaccine allotments for non-affiliated, eligible workers in Phase 1a.

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