Allentown Health Bureau opens its vaccine clinic to all, no appointment needed

Written by on April 27, 2021

Allentown Health Bureau opens its vaccine clinic to all, no appointment needed

By Brittany Sweeney

April 27, 2021

The Allentown Health Bureau has been distributing vaccines at the Allentown Fairgrounds in February 2021. Photo | Jen Rehill / WLVR

The Allentown Health Bureau’s vaccine clinic at the Allentown Fairgrounds is now open to anyone 18 and over. 

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No appointment is needed.

Walk-ins are being accepted at the Agri-Plex as long as vaccine supply permits. 

Allentown Health Director Vicky Kistler says they had a couple of hundred people come in to get a shot after they took the “by appointment only” sign down.

“We’re also reaching out to all of our Allentown employers, actually Lehigh Valley employers, asking them to allow their staff to go on work time to be vaccinated.  We found that a lot of folks go from their job, to child care to the right home, so if they can step out of work very briefly during the workday that will increase their willingness and interest in obtaining the vaccine,” Kistler says. 

Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

The health bureau says so far it has administered more than 40,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

“Last week we saw our numbers beginning to drop and we took down our ‘by appointment only’ sign and we found that we had 300 individuals who walked through the door, so we decided that was our new norm,” Kistler says.

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