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St. Luke’s patients can now text for vaccine appointments

It just got a little bit easier to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination. St. Luke’s Hospital said it is now offering texting capability for appointments.

“Throughout the past several months we have been working on ways to provide easy, seamless access to our vaccine appointments,” said Shishir Singh, St. Luke’s director of development, Information technology.

He noted that St. Luke’s IT team was also responsible for developing Shot-Line, the automated telephone dialing system that enabled users to schedule their vaccinations directly over the phone.

In the first two weeks that the service was available, the health network said more than 600 appointments were scheduled using the text service. Singh anticipates that number will grow with the younger population.

He noted that the service became available just as the Centers for Disease Control allowed the emergency use authorization for those aged 12-15 to receive the vaccine.

The service is available in English and Spanish and will direct users to the vaccination locations closest to their zip code. It also ensures that those under 18 have appropriate parental consent.

Those wanting to schedule an appointment by text can text “Vaccine” to 23762.

Traditional appointment scheduling and walk-in appointments at a number of locations are still available.

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at swescoe@bridgetowermedia.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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