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Bryce Jordan Center To Host State-Run COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

The Bryce Jordan Center will begin serving as a state-run COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week as vaccination eligibility rapidly expands across Pennsylvania.

The site, operated by the Department of Health and Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Agency, will administer only the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. PEMA director Randy Padfield said the clinic can accommodate up to 600 patients and plans on ramping up operations this spring.

The BJC’s site will open on Friday, April 9. Those who fall into the state’s 1A and 1B eligibility phases can schedule appointments at the BJC by visiting PEMA’s website or calling 1-844-545-3450.

The clinic is open to anyone who is eligible regardless of county of residence.

State-wide eligibility will expand to include those in phase 1C next Monday. All Pennsylvania adults will be eligible to book vaccine appointments starting Monday, April 19.

Beginning April 15, the site will operate Thursday through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Penn State said it will provide facility space, additional support staff and security, and complimentary on-site parking at the BJC to help folks get their shots.

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with the state on this important public health effort to support community health and vaccinate Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth,” said Zack Moore, vice president for Government and Community Relations at Penn State. “We will offer the resources of our University in any way that is helpful as we continue to strive to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.”

In a statement, Centre County Board of Commissioners Chair Michael Pipe said the county is “honored” to host the clinic.

“Many people in central Pennsylvania know and recognize the Bryce Jordan Center as a venue for large events and what better way to utilize that site than as a place where folks can get a safe and effective vaccine,” Pipe told StateCollege.com. “As we see the vaccine quantity increase, we’re going to see more shots given out there, and so it’s really great we can use an easily accessible location as a place where people can get their safe and effective shot. It’s great for our community and great for the region.”

Last month, Centre Volunteers in Medicine hosted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the BJC. The group, as well as Mount Nittany Health, has a vaccine waitlist available on its website.

To date, Centre County has administered nearly 77,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 48,600 residents, according to the Department of Health.

Penn State hasn’t yet required students or employees to get vaccinated or been given permission to host a vaccine clinic of its own. However, President Eric Barron has routinely implored Penn Staters to book appointments as soon as they can.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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