As more Pennsylvanian’s are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines each day, some are still struggling to schedule an appointment- especially those who have limited or no access to a computer and internet.
Which is why Highlands Health Clinic in downtown Johnstown is helping vulnerable populations secure and schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Because of the majority of vaccine scheduling is done online, several older people or low-income households are struggling to do so.
For people like 103 year old, Agnes Sciullo it was nearly impossible for her to register for a COVID-19 vaccine when she has no computer or internet. But with the help of Highlands Health Clinic, Sciullo received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Thursday.
“I couldn’t wait,” explained Sciullo with excitement.
Highlands outreach program gets clinic staff and volunteers out into the community and finds people who are unable to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine.
“The elderly people are not capable of using the computers like the younger teenagers and stuff are which it is crucial to them because they need the vaccine, and they don’t know how to get it or where to go to get it. So that’s why it’s so crucial to get this information out to the public,” said outreach supervisor, Linda Morris.
Another group receiving a low percentage of vaccines are minorities. The CDC reports out of the 54 million Americans who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, only 8.5% are Hispanic, 6.9% are Black and 4.8% are Asian.
“There is a great disparity of both minorities and vulnerable, elderly who receive the vaccine. So, we are trying to fill that gap,” said Dr. Henry Baldinucci.
Which is what the clinic is doing helping to get the most vulnerable vaccinated.
“Oh, I’m relieved. I’m so happy because I have been staying from everybody. I’m sort of confined to my house and I’m very happy to have it,” said 90-year-old, Margaret Murray who received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.