Guthrie Urges Community to Get COVID-19 Vaccine ASAP

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From Guthrie:

Sayre, Pa. –  As community vaccination efforts continue, vaccine sites throughout the region have experienced a drop off in the number of appointments being scheduled.  

Dr. Michael Scalzone, Chief Quality Officer, Guthrie said, “While the country has now given about 110 million doses of vaccine, and a significant portion of the population has completed their vaccine series, there is still more work to be done to help slow the spread of the virus.”  

The decrease in appointments being made is thought in part to be due to community members seeking out and waiting for a certain brand of vaccine to become available.  

According to  Scalzone, “You could be waiting for a particular brand of vaccine that may not be available for weeks. During that time, the virus will spread, and you and your family may be exposed. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get an appointment as soon as possible.” 

Guthrie currently has vaccine appointments available. For more information on who is eligible and how to sign up, visit guthrie.org.  

For the health and safety of our patients, staff and community, Guthrie continues to have visitor restrictions in place, not allowing for in person media interviews. However, we encourage media outlets to make use of the footage provided in the link below.   

For more soundbites with Dr. Scalzone as well as vaccine clinic b-roll, click the following links:  

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of four hospitals, including Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., with a campus in Towanda, Pa., Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, N.Y., Guthrie Troy Community Hospital in Troy, Pa., and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center in Cortland, N.Y., along with a research institute and home care/hospice. Guthrie’s multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers offers 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at seven convenient Med Supply Depot locations and provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.  

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