WMCHC Receives Largest Weekly Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

By Margaret Allen
People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers’ site at the Stourbridge Professional Complex, Honesdale on February 5th.
The highest weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to date, 2000 doses of Moderna, have been received at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC). Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) received an additional 500 doses. WMCHC immediately announced two clinics this week in Pike County and in Honesdale to distribute the vaccines. The supply is a direct response to repeated requests to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for more COVID-19 vaccines by WMCHC, Wayne Memorial Hospital, the Pike County commissioners and State Senator Lisa Baker. Up until now, both Wayne and Pike counties, especially Pike, have ranked low in the state for percentage of vaccines received and administered. While Pike does not have a hospital of its own, Senator Baker and the Commissioners emphasized in discussions with the Department of Health, that Wayne Memorial was a perfectly-capable healthcare delivery network for Pike. While headquartered in Honesdale Wayne County, Wayne Memorial Health System also serves Pike, Forest City area of Susquehanna, and the Carbondale region of Lackawanna County. State Representative Jonathan Fritz and Senator Lisa Baker, have also been working with WMCHC to support the needs of the Forest City Region and last Saturday, March 13th , more than 500 vaccines were distributed at the Community Health Centers’ Forest City Site.