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LVHN expands COVID-19 vaccine distribution in effort to contain pandemic

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William Maas, 81, was the first person to receive his COVID-19 vaccination administered by Lehigh Valley Health Network at Saucon Valley Manor Wednesday. The retired mailman and dedicated blood donor, says he was glad to get the vaccine. “It’s very important to get the vaccine,” he says. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Lehigh Valley Health Network administered COVID-19 vaccines to 20 residents and staff of Hellertown’s Saucon Valley Manor on Jan. 6. The long-term care facility was selected for vaccine distribution based on LVHN’s mission to follow the state’s request to vaccinate those at highest risk as quickly as possible, according to the Allentown-based health network.

LVHN also continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines to its own frontline workers and other employees who request the vaccine.

“As we continue that process in keeping with the CDC and state guidelines,” he said, “we are also beginning to care for others in our community outside of our hospitals, those in long-term care facilities who are considered among the highest risk.”

LVHN is administering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which are approximately 95 percent effective. Brian Nestor, president and CEO of LVHN, asked the public to be patient and stand by for public vaccination as more supplies of the vaccine become available for distribution.

Lehigh Valley area residents can sign up with the health network to receive notification of when more vaccines are available, and can then make an appointment with LVHN to be vaccinated.

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