Local Hospital Systems Using Online Portals, Phone Lines For Vaccine Registration

UPMC has unveiled a new website for COVID-19 Vaccine registration.

The new portal allows you to get in line for a vaccine if you're in Phase 1A.

UPMC's Mark Sevco tells KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin, register online or by phone, and wait for the call.

"What it will help with is just lowering anxiety for people. At least you know you're on a list and know that if we call you for an appointment, 100% guaranteed, we're gonna vaccinate you," said Sevco

In recent days, Pennsylvania, as well as other states, have seen vaccine delivery delays due to winter storms.

The Allegheny County Health Department announced on Friday that they had to cancel scheduled second doses of the vaccine for some recipients due to a shortage in supply.

Sevco says the registration process is simple. They just need your name, email address, phone number, date of birth and address. He says you can also not if you have underlying conditions.

UPMC plans to have 24 sites at which they can administer the vaccine.

Go to vaccine.upmc.com to register. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call UPMC on their new registration hotline, 844-876-2822.

Meanwhile, AHN is allowing those interested in a vaccine to sign up for their MyChart service.

Patients who do not have a MyChart account can register for one either online or by calling (412) DOCTORS. According to AHN's website, those on MyChart will be alerted when they are eligible for a vaccine.

Right now, Dr. Imran Qadeer, Chief Medical Officer of Allegheny Health Network says they're typically directly notifying only those in Phase 1A who have a high COVID risk score in their system that appointments are available.

"If the COVID risk score is above six we've been sending out appointment requests to those patients," he said. "Those are the only patients that we're requesting and sending information to through MyChart."

However, when supply allows, AHN has turned to social media to notify broader audiences of vaccine appointments. In a Facebook post Saturday, AHN announced thousands of appointments would be released on their website over the weekend, and advised people to register for MyChart and pay close attention to their website.

By 12:30 Saturday, the system announced all appointments for the coming week were full.

AHN has been offering limited appointments at PNC Park clinics. Qadeer adds they are touring larger facilities to host mass vaccination clinics once supply becomes more available.

"If we're able to receive more vaccinations, we can do 10 to 15,000 patients in a day in convention centers or some big areas they're touring," he said.

Currently, AHN is only vaccinating those in Phase 1A.

St. Clair Hospital also began accepting registration for the COVID-19 vaccine through its online portal or via telephone.

The hospital's website say those wishing to register can call 412-942-2960 and leave their name, address, date of birth, and phone number or can register online through the hospital's website here.

To be eligible for vaccination through St. Clair, you have to me in Phase 1A of the state's rollout plan and live within the hospital's service area or be an already established St. Clair patient.