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LVHN Now Providing COVID-19 Vaccines to New Essential Worker Groups and Phase 1B


NOTE:  The following information was published April 5, 2021. For current information, visit

As part of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) commitment to vaccinate the most people possible, beginning today LVHN is opening vaccine appointments to educators and child care workers, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, grocery store workers, food and agriculture workers and everyone under Phase 1B. LVHN also will continue to expand eligibility over the coming weeks to additional phases as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

While we will continue to vaccinate people in Phase 1A, the state has expanded eligibility to these groups:

  • Educators and child care workers, including pre-K through 12 teachers and other school staff, as well as the faculty and staff of colleges and universities.

  • Law enforcement, including police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.

  • Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.

  • Grocery store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores. 

  • Food and agriculture workers, including all food-processing company employees, including meat, poultry and dairy processing, fresh fruit and vegetable packing operations, food manufacturing, and all farm workers, farm operators and farm managers, including at urban agriculture operations.

  • Phase 1B, including people in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities and persons receiving home- and community-based services, college students residing in apartments or dorms, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, clergy and other essential support for houses of worship, public transit workers and individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs.

LVHN has prepared by opening new, larger vaccine clinics, hosting ongoing mass vaccination drive-thrus and by offering appointments at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, LVH–Hazleton and LVH–Schuylkill. With these expanded efforts, LVHN expects to deliver up to 36,000 doses per week.

First-dose appointments can be scheduled at clinics located at the former A.C. Moore store, 2633 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, and at Northampton Crossings shopping center in the former Sears Appliance and Hardware store, 3768 Easton Nazareth Highway, Palmer Township. Both locations open April 12 and will provide COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only.

LVHN is committed to administering the vaccine as quickly as possible to those who are eligible at the time. LVHN will cover all costs. The LVHN plan for administering COVID-19 vaccines is determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s phased approach to vaccination.

To schedule an appointment for any LVHN COVID-19 vaccination event including drive-thru clinics, people in these industries as well as in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, can sign in to MyLVHN, the health network’s patient portal. Essential workers can fill out the COVID-19 Essential Worker Questionnaire and will be notified when they can schedule their vaccination. They also can schedule an appointment by calling our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD). The COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. However, because of large demand and call volume, you may be on hold. MyLVHN will be your fastest and easiest way to schedule.

The best thing you can do to preregister for vaccination is to create a MyLVHN account. You’ll be notified when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule your vaccine appointment on MyLVHN.

Even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, people must continue to wear a mask in public, wash hands frequently and stay socially distant until the majority of our community is vaccinated.

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