UPMC vaccinates dialysis patients

Carl Ulsamer, Williamsport, receives his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine before receiving his dialysis treatment. #

On Friday, March 12, UPMC’s mobile integrated health team partnered with Northcentral Pennsylvania Dialysis Centers to host vaccination clinics for community members receiving dialysis at The Kidney Center, 1201 Grampian Blvd., Suite 1B, Williamsport, and the Williamsport Dialysis Center, 1660 Sycamore Rd., Suite B, Montoursville. UPMC provided 65 first doses to these individuals who are in the 1a group designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“Our staff and community health care partners are advocates for our patients and as a direct result of their work, UPMC is now offering vaccinations to patients while they’re in the clinics receiving treatment,” said Sam Stea, MD, nephrologist, UPMC. “Patients receiving dialysis are considered high risk for complications from COVID-19 due to their health condition, especially those with chronic kidney disease and late- or end-stage renal failure. Often due to limiting factors in their lives, these patients’ lives are dependent on the comprehensive care they receive from the clinics, and vaccinations are an additional service we’re happy to be able to offer.”

For more information on UPMC’s community vaccinations, visit vaccine.upmc.com.

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