Lower Bucks Hospital Offering Walk-Ins Friday Amid Vaccine Surplus

An outside look at Lower Bucks Hospital's vaccination clinic. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Lower Bucks Hospital has doses of the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to give out and it’s looking for takers.

LBH will be accepting walk-ins at its vaccine clinic this Friday, May 7th from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Medical staff have at least 400 doses after receiving a new shipment.

People can let their family, friends, and neighbors know as anyone 16 years and over is eligible.

A patient receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lower Bucks Hospital. Photo by Rick Rickman.

The hospital in Bristol Township started offering next-day appointments last week. This Friday will be the first time Lower Bucks Hospital offers walk-in appointments.

Whether Lower Bucks Hospital continues to offer walk-ins depends on the State, according to Regional Director of Marketing and Communications Michelle Aliprantis. She says the hospital is continuing to put in orders for new shipments of vaccine.

More clinics are offering walk-in vaccine appointments as a surplus mounts in the Commonwealth. In Bucks, county-run vaccine clinics started offering walk-ins last week.

Just a few weeks ago, many Pennsylvanians were upset with long wait times and difficulty booking appointments. Now, many places are looking to give out doses to avoid throwing vaccines away.

Philadelphia is experiencing a large drop off in demand for vaccines. A clinic at the Philadelphia Convention Center faced discarding more than three thousand doses last week as they expired Thursday afternoon.

Demand “fell off a cliff,” James Garrow, communications director for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told ABC News.

The site used to vaccinate six to seven thousand people every day. Now it’s down to the low hundreds.

One pharmacy chain had to toss 540 doses after they reached their expiration date. The abundance comes despite everyone 16 and older being eligible for the vaccine.