UPMC and Pittsburgh Penguins Host Region’s First and Largest Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Drive-Up Clinic

By: Andrea Kunicky

UPMC and the Pittsburgh Penguins, in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), will host the first and largest Johnson & Johnson vaccine drive-up clinic in Allegheny County.

The organizations will vaccinate 12,000 community members in two days at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum on April 14 and 15. The timing of the clinic coincides with the opening of vaccine eligibility to all within Pennsylvania’s 1B and 1C vaccination groups, which includes those who live in congregate care settings and all essential workers.

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, supplied by the Commonwealth and ACHD, is a single-shot vaccine, which requires only one dose to reach full effectiveness. UPMC will administer up to 700 vaccines per hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

“The drive-up clinic concept helps us to deploy doses rapidly while creating a smooth patient experience. We have been planning for clinics of this size, and now that supplies are available, we are ready,” said Mark Sevco, president of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “The Allegheny County Health Department and the Penguins have been terrific partners, and we are grateful for this opportunity to provide so many vaccines to our community.”

At the drive-up clinic, those with appointments arrive in their cars, confirm their appointments, receive the vaccine and park for 15 minutes while UPMC nurses and lot attendants check on those just vaccinated.

For all UPMC COVID-19 vaccine clinics, an appointment is required and walk-in requests cannot be accommodated. Eligible community members are encouraged to register for the Pittsburgh Mills vaccine events by calling 833-676-1995 or by registering to receive a vaccine from UPMC online at Vaccine.UPMC.com.