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Vaccines coming to Pocono Raceway this weekend

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will hold its first COVID-19 mass vaccination session at the racetrack in Long Pond on Saturday, March 20.

LONG POND, Pa. — A mass vaccination clinic is planned for this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Monroe County.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will hold its first COVID-19 mass vaccination session at the racetrack in Long Pond on Saturday, March 20.

LVHN expects to vaccinate 3,000 people in the state's 1A category.

The vaccinations are by appointment only. Those without an appointment will not be eligible for vaccination.

In a statement to Newswatch 16, Pocono Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky said, "Our partners at Lehigh Valley Health Network have done an incredible job during the pandemic and are an invaluable asset in our local community. Our staff is ready to support their vaccination efforts."

People who live in Monroe County are thrilled that a mass vaccination site is coming to their community, especially since this part of the Poconos is lagging behind when it comes to people vaccinated with their first dose.

While the health network opens vaccination clinics to those who are eligible regardless of where you live, Mary Ann Dalton from Pocono Pines hopes it will help more people who live here in Monroe County find an appointment.

"That's great. It's great for so many people that I know who are trying to get the vaccine," Dalton said. "It's a good idea."

The drive-thru clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. First doses of the Moderna vaccine will be administered for free.

To schedule an appointment for the Pocono Raceway drive-thru clinic or any other LVHN COVID-19 vaccination event, people in Phase 1A can sign in to MyLVHN. You also can schedule an appointment by calling our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD).

Because of large demand and call volume, you may be on hold, and appointments for others may be taken while you wait. MyLVHN will be your fastest and easiest way to schedule. Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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