The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a revised plan at noon today (01/19/2021) that changes the eligibility of some individuals previously not considered for phase 1A. Therefore, Lebanon County DES is reevaluating how to prioritize vaccinations for Lebanon County residents and workers. For those who have already signed up you will be notified by email if there are any changes that affect you. Please continue to check this website for updates.
If you have already signed up with a vaccine provider,
please do not register again using this site.
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If you want to cancel your registration or you are unsure which phase to sign up for, email: covidreg@lcdes.org
Lebanon County DES is currently registering essential workers of Lebanon County who meet the following criteria for COVID-19 vaccination scheduling (PHASE 1A, 1B, 1C). Consult the table below for details and registration.
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If you are in the 1B or 1C high risk categories but are not an essential worker you may sign up using the non essential worker forms below for future notifications about  vaccination scheduling and information.


Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
• Emergency medical service personnel
• Nurses
• Nursing assistants
• Physicians
• Dentists
• Dental hygienists
• Chiropractors
• Therapists
• Phlebotomists
• Pharmacists
• Technicians
• Pharmacy technicians
• Healthcare students and trainees
• Direct support professionals
• Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities
• Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
• Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients


• First responders
• Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
• Food and agricultural workers
• U.S. Postal Service workers
• Manufacturing workers
• Grocery store workers
• Education workers
• Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
• Public transit workers
• Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs


Essential workers in these sectors:
• Transportation and logistics
• Water and wastewater
• Food service
• Housing construction
• Finance, including bank tellers
• Information technology
• Communications
• Energy, including nuclear reactors
• Legal services
• Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff
• Media
• Public safety
• Public health workers


** This registration link is to receive information as it becomes available. The process for receiving the vaccine has not yet been determined for this group. **

  • Highest risk for severe disease: Persons Aged 75 and older


** This registration link is to receive information as it becomes available. The process for receiving the vaccine has not yet been determined for this group. **

  • High Risk for Severe Disease:
  • Persons aged 65-74
  • Persons aged 16-64 with high risk conditions


Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

Is natural immunity from the COVID-19 disease better than immunity from the vaccine?
​Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

How many vaccines might be multi-shot or single-shot vaccinations?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA, is a two-dose vaccine. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has also received an EUA from the FDA and is a two-dose vaccine. There are four U.S. COVID-19 vaccines in production right now from the following drug manufacturers:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Inovio
  • Novavax
  • Johnson & Johnson

Three of the four additional vaccines in production through Operation Warp Speed (OWS) are also two-dose vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.

How many trials were completed and how successful were they? What side effects came out of the trials?
​Currently, clinical trials are evaluating investigational COVID-19 vaccines in many thousands of study participants to generate scientific data and other information for the FDA to determine their safety and effectiveness. These clinical trials are being conducted according to the rigorous standards set forth by FDA in their June 2020 guidance document, Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19. If FDA determines that a vaccine meets its safety and effectiveness standards, it can make these vaccines available for use in the United States by approval or emergency use authorization.

Can my kids get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is not yet approved for children under the age of 16. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is not yet approved for children under the age of 18. More research is needed to make sure any COVID-19 vaccine will be safe and effective for infants, kids and teens.

After my information is vetted for eligibility what happens next?
After Lebanon County DES validates that you are eligible for vaccination under the current phase we will contact you with general availability based on our vaccine partner’s schedule. If you are able to make the provided date we will relay your information to one of our vaccine providers (Welsh Mountain Health Center or Wellspan). They will contact you directly with more details and a specific time slot as well as a follow up appointment for a second dose if necessary.


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