UPMC and Pittsburgh Penguins Offer Drive-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

By: Courtney Caprara

UPMC's First Drive Through Vaccine Clinic at Lemieux Sports Complex

In their second mass vaccination event this week, UPMC and the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted a drive-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township today.

The clinic, which operated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only, administered roughly 100 vaccinations per hour to residents of northern Allegheny County and parts of Beaver and Butler counties.

A vaccine recipient gets their COVID-19 vaccination card outside UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

“We have doses available and we are ready to vaccinate our communities against COVID-19 with the help of the Pittsburgh Penguins,” said Susan Hoolahan, president of UPMC Passavant. “Our overarching goal is to meet people where they are and to vaccinate as many individuals as we possibly can.”

At the drive-up clinics, those with appointments drive up, confirm their appointment, receive the vaccine and park for 15 minutes while UPMC nurses and lot attendants round to check on those just vaccinated. All community members stay in their vehicle unless prompted to do otherwise.

Vaccine doses are prepared next to the ice rink inside UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

“This is the first of many clinics that will take place at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex,” added Hoolahan. “The drive-up approach is helpful for those with mobility issues and it supports physical distancing.”

On March 15, UPMC and the Penguins provided 1,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine at a clinic held at PPG Paints Arena. UPMC Health Plan provided scheduling support for both events.

All UPMC COVID-19 vaccine clinics are by appointment only and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Eligible members of the community are encouraged to register at Vaccine.UPMC.com to be contacted for future vaccination events. UPMC is actively contacting registrants to schedule appointments as quickly as vaccine becomes available.