Hours Expanded for COVID Vaccines at Wayne County Fair

(Honesdale, August 2, 2021)… COVID-19 vaccines will now be available from Wayne Memorial at the Wayne County Fair from 12noon – 7:30pm every day of the fair, from Friday, August 6th through Saturday, August 14th.   This reflects an addition of three hours from the first announcement and an increased number of vaccines available.   Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) and Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH) officials say they have ample supplies of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, both two-dose vaccines, along with a limited supply of Johnson & Johnson Janssen, a one-dose vaccine.  The J&J vaccine will be available primarily during the early hours, from 12noon to 3pm.

Staff from both WMCHC and WMH will provide information at the fair on how to acquire second doses for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved by the FDA for younger individuals, age 12 and up. Wayne Memorial will require parental consent and presence for administration of the vaccine to adolescents.

In addition to the no-cost vaccines, medical providers from Wayne Memorial will be on hand to answer questions about the vaccines’ safety and efficacy.

“We really want to help the community in which we live and practice have the best outcomes against this pandemic,” said Sibyl Rickard, MD, medical director of WMH’s Anatomic and Clinical Laboratories. “The vaccines right now are our most potent weapon, but we know many people have questions about them. Hopefully we can answer those questions – in person at the fair.”

The Wayne Memorial “vaccine” van will be located inside the main entrance to the Wayne County Fair, located on Route 191 North, just north of  Honesdale.

Vaccines are also offered by appointment at WMCHC’s Highland Physicians Family Health Center and Honesdale Pediatrics.

Since the vaccines became publicly available last December, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers has administered close to 32,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and the hospital approximately 12,000 doses.  To date, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, roughly 48% of eligible Wayne County residents are fully vaccinated and 43% in Pike County.

Both WMCHC’s Executive Director Frederick Jackson and WMH’s James Hockenbury, director Ancillary Services, thanked the Wayne County Fair administration for allowing them to use the site “for this very important community service.”

For more information about the vaccines and COVID, visit COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – Wayne Memorial Hospital (wmh.org)