UPMC website allows registration for covid-19 vaccine appointments

Megan Guza, The Tribune-Review, Greensburg
·2 min read

Feb. 22—UPMC will allow people to register online or via phone for notifications and appointment scheduling information for the covid-19 vaccine, though the limited supply means there are no appointments to be had right now.

The website encourages those who are eligible to sign up online so they can be contacted when there is more supply.

"Vaccine supply from the state and federal government is still limited," the website notes, "but by registering now we will be able to contact you about scheduling an appointment when vaccine is available."

The website stresses patience.

"We want to vaccinate as many people as possible and will do so quickly once we receive vaccine from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," the website reads. "There is no way to get vaccine other than the Commonwealth, and vaccinating the public will take weeks to months, not days."

People are first directed to the state's Your Turn tool, which helps people determine whether they're eligible to receive the vaccine. From there, they fill out a form on the UPMC website. The questions pertain mostly to contact information.

Once registered, people will receive a confirmation email and regular updates on the vaccine's availability and distribution.

For those without access to technology or the internet, UPMC has set up a phone line that is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The phone line, 844-UPMCVAC (844-876-2822), will connect people with an operator who can help them register to receive a call about scheduling an appointment when the vaccine is available.

Pennsylvania remains in the first phase of its vaccination plan. Those who are eligible include most health care workers, anyone aged 65 or older and those 16 to 64 who have certain health conditions.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, mguza@triblive.com or via Twitter .