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Lower Bucks Hospital Announces Its First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

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  • Written By: Michelle Aliprantis, MBA, Regional Director
Lower Bucks Hospital Announces Its First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications

MAliprantis@primehealthcare.com

Lower Bucks Hospital Announces Its First

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Bucks County, PA (February 23, 2021)– Lower Bucks Hospital held its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the public who meet the 1A criteria today. The event served as a historic day for the hospital as they administered the Pfizer vaccine to community members of Bucks County. To get vaccinated, the members of the community registered at https://buckscovid.powerappsportals.us/Vaccine-Registration/ the Bucks County Department of Health (DOH) website. The Bucks County DOH screened and sent Lower Bucks Hospital the scheduled residents who met the 1A criteria. Hospital supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited.

The Pennsylvania County Department of Health identified a phased approach for vaccine distribution, and the eligibility to receive the vaccine is based on the guidance in Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan (pa.gov). Phase (1A) includes vaccinating those most at-risk of illness, such as health care workers and Pennsylvanians living in long-term care facilities, persons age 65 and older, and those ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions.

The clinic vaccinated 225 community residents on opening day and since December 2020 has fully vaccinated 70% of the Lower Bucks Hospital employees with the Pfizer vaccine.

“We know the community has been eager to gain access to the vaccine and we are excited to expand our services to the Bucks residents who meet the 1A criteria,” said Lea Rodriguez, a chief nursing officer of Lower Bucks Hospital. “We will be administering the vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible, according to state and federal guidelines. It is a monumental opportunity for us to provide hope for our community, and it will be a process, so we ask for the community’s continued patience as we provide vaccines based on supply.”

Lower Bucks Hospital continues to follow all necessary precautions, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing, to ensure the utmost safety.

“The joint effort with The Department of Health will help end this pandemic and get us back to our normal lives and routine,” Rodriguez added.

The phased vaccination approach allows for the continued functioning of the health care system and essential services in the community while protecting people at increased risk for severe COVID-

19 illness. These prioritizations may change as more information on vaccine effectiveness and additional vaccination products become available.

Lower Bucks Hospital will continue the vaccine administration rollout over a weekly series throughout the year, as vaccines become more widely available.

There are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses, separated by 21 days. Individuals should receive both doses in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is critical in slowing the spread and helping communities recover from the pandemic. Stopping the pandemic will take all the tools: handwashing, masks, social distancing, and vaccines. Together, these tools offer the best chance of getting our communities, schools, and worksites back to normal. Lower Bucks Hospital reminds residents to continue using prevention strategies as vaccines become more widely available and for some time thereafter.

To learn more about Lower Bucks Hospital’s distribution plan, please visit https://www.lowerbuckshosp.com/patients-visitors/covid-19-patient-visitor-information/

Lower Bucks Hospital: Lower Bucks Hospital is a community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks County region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Lower Bucks Hospital is a 150-bed acute care teaching hospital that offers both clinical expertise and quality care to all patients. Located in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable medical staff, including cardiology, orthopedics, wound care, physical therapy, radiology, and general surgery. The hospital has more than 200 physicians on staff, as well as another 700 employees.

As a member of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol.