The Allegheny County Health Department’s new vaccine registration system is designed to make appointment registration easier and has officially opened to the public.
The department announced the launch of the new system last week and started a “soft start” earlier this week. Now, you can register online for individuals through the vaccine appointment on the county site at vax4.alleghenycounty.us.
According to the press release, visitors to the site will be able to schedule the first dose, the second dose, reschedule appointments and cancel appointments. If you select the “plan first dose” option, the user will answer four questions that will assess the applicability of the vaccine and assess the health of the patient.
If the conditions are met, the next step will be to schedule an appointment. Otherwise, the user will be invited to pre-register.
Those who pre-register will receive a text or email notification if they are eligible, they will be prioritized for a 48-hour appointment, and the remaining appointments will be open to the public.
A day after state officials announced a major expansion of vaccine qualifications in Pennsylvania, the county had a new venue. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, grocery workers, and food and agricultural workers were appointed on Wednesday. Starting from Monday, all the conditions of Phase 1
All adults in Pennsylvania will be eligible for the vaccine on April 19.
The press release stated that throughout the week, people who have received the first dose through the health department but have not yet scheduled a second injection will receive an email containing an appointment number for the injection using the new system. Users can select “Schedule a second dose” on the website and use the information sent via email to schedule a time for any clinic they are eligible for.
The Allegheny County Health Department said they were aware of two issues regarding their registration location, involving individuals who needed to arrange a second injection.
The health department is working with the company and IT department to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.
Anyone who did not receive the email was asked to call the county’s 2-1-1 line.
PA 2-1-1 Southwest Airlines will continue to assist people who do not have the Internet or computers to arrange vaccines.
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