HERSHEY – Penn State Health began providing initial COVID-19 vaccinations to members of its patient population. The health system is reaching out to offer vaccinations to patients who meet the state Health Department’s recently expanded criteria for phase 1A vaccination, which includes patients age 65-plus and those ages 16-64 with high-risk health conditions. Dr. Peter Dillon, Penn State Health’s Chief Clinical Officer, said they will reach out directly to patients based on their age and medical history, inviting them to schedule their vaccination appointments online or by phone. Penn State Health has identified locations in several of its communities to establish mass vaccination sites. The health system will post updates on its vaccine page about the locations, along with who is eligible and how to schedule based on incoming vaccine supply.