Allentown Health Bureau gets creative in giving COVID-19 vaccinations

Written by on August 12, 2021

Allentown Health Bureau gets creative in giving COVID-19 vaccinations

By Brittany Sweeney

August 12, 2021

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Allentown Health Bureau is calling on people to share ideas about how to reach their friends and family who have not yet been vaccinated.

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It comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an 87 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases in Lehigh County in the past week.

Allentown Health Director Vicky Kistler said the agency is trying to be creative when it comes to offering vaccines.

The bureau is distributing shots on Fridays for people who are worried that side effects could keep them out of work.

“If they don’t feel well, the next day, it doesn’t compromise their attendance at work,” Kistler said. “But we understand that folks work a variety of schedules. So we are also open to vaccination by appointment on the day that you choose, so that we can get you vaccinated and have you not miss work.”

Kistler said Allentown’s Emergency Medical Services is still delivering vaccines to people who are homebound within the city or right outside city limits.

She said the bureau will offer shots at public events like the Great Allentown Fair and is planning vaccination clinics in schools this fall.

To make a vaccination appointment with the Allentown Health Bureau, call 610-437-7760 or visit

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