‘No shows’ for vaccine appointments can wreak havoc

Written by on March 16, 2021

‘No shows’ for vaccine appointments can wreak havoc

By Ben Stemrich

March 16, 2021

An educator receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Photo| Katie Blackley / WESA

Officials with the Allentown Health Bureau say vaccine appointments are filling up as quickly as they become available. But what happens when someone cancels? Or worse, just doesn’t show up.

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Vicky Kistler, director of the Allentown Health Bureau, says there was mass havoc recently when several people didn’t show up for their scheduled vaccines at the end of the day.

“One day we were desperate, and we opened the doors at the Allentown Farmers Market and yelled we have vaccines. And nine fortunate people stepped out and took it,” Kistler says.

If officials have more notice they go to a list of seniors who have not been vaccinated. Because the vaccine is meant to be kept cold, time is always of the essence.

“Then you’ve got to quickly get those doses into arms before the vaccine expires. We will definitely get every drop we can into an arm rather than waste a single drop. It’s like gold in our community and we certainly don’t want to see it go to waste,” she says. 

Officials are asking anyone who has registered on multiple sites to cancel any appointments they don’t plan on attending, so others can.

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