COVID-19: What LGBTQ+ People Need to Know

LGBTQ+ people are likely worried about the potential impact of COVID-19 on their health. People at particular risk should talk to their health providers about their options for protecting themselves from infection.

Updated June 13, 2022

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Visitors to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center no longer need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, starting Monday, May 16. This decision is grounded in extensive research and guided by community feedback about the impact of the center’s vaccination requirement, which went into effect in February.

The safety of visiting community members has always been a priority, which is why we will continue to require all visitors to wear masks. The pandemic may be subsiding, but the reality is that new variants raise enough concern to maintain this particular policy.

Though we will no longer require visitors to be vaccinated, we continue to support and encourage all community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots, if they haven’t already. We understand that some community members may have legitimate hesitancy, and we strongly encourage questions about the vaccine to be directed to healthcare providers. Additionally, our center’s health programs team has comprehensive, updated information and resources about COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

The next walk in vaccine and booster clinic at the center will be July 5. They will be offered monthly on first Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m., and they are scheduled through November.

We understand that the updated policies may discourage some community members from visiting the center. We continue to look into hybrid and virtual programming options for all community members to safely participate and enjoy. We invite community members who need accommodations to participate in programming to contact [email protected].

As the pandemic continues to change its impact locally, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center will continue to make changes to COVID-19 policies as needed.


Where can I get vaccinated?

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community is proud to partner with Highmark Wholecare and Weis Pharmacy to provide COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses. Each clinic will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 4:00-6:00pm (except the month of August). The clinics are located outside the building at 522 W. Maple St @Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101.

  • Walk-ins welcome. No appointments required
  • Free! No insurance or residency required
  • Pfizer vaccines provided
  • LGBT affirming providers administering the vaccines

Vaccine appointments are available through Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). 

  • Schedule right on this website
  • Call 833-584-6283 anytime weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • The following LVHN COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics welcome walk-ins 12 years or older, and children 5-11 by appointment:
  • For patients aged 5-11, certain LVPG Pediatric practices are also providing the Pfizer vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held by the Allentown Health Bureau. 

  • At the Allentown Health Bureau, 245 N. 6th Street in Allentown
    • Walk-ins Only.
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00-3:30 PM
    • Moderna and Pfizer are available
    • At all Allentown Health Bureau locations, individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • In-home vaccination is available for people with certain health conditions and/or accessibility needs. Click here for more information.
    • Individuals must be an Allentown Resident AND have a health condition that makes leaving the house very difficult.
    • If you (or a family member/client) meet these conditions, please call our Homebound Vaccine Hotline at 610-260-0360, and leave a clear message with your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and ADDRESS (please provide your contact information if scheduling on behalf of someone). Prompts on the Homebound Vaccine Hotline are in English and Spanish.

For the location of additional vaccination centers that have been trained on LGBTQ-competency, email [email protected], [email protected] OR to find the COVID-19 vaccine site nearest to you, text your zip code to 438-829. You will be given locations of the three nearest vaccination sites and information on childcare and transportation OR visit vaccines.gov.


Where can I get my booster vaccine?

  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community is proud to partner with Highmark Wholecare and Weis Pharmacy to provide COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses. Each clinic will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 4:00-6:00pm (except the month of August) outside the building.
  • LVHN is offering booster vaccines at several locations, including their hospital-based clinics and stand-alone locations. Existing LVHN patients can make an appointment through my MyLVHN. Others can call 833-LVHN-CVD Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm. For a list of LVHN's stand-alone locations, click here.
  • The Allentown Health Bureau (245 N. 6th Street in Allentown) is administering boosters and third COVID vaccinations. Walk-ins only, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am-3:30pm. For more in formation, click here.
  • The Bethlehem Health Bureau (10 E. Church St. in Bethlehem) is administering boosters and third COVID vaccinations (Moderna and Pfizer). To see their available date and times, click here. Walk-in or schedule an appointment by calling 610-865-7083.

Where can I get COVID-19 tested?

  • Testing is offered at many locations, including twice a month at our building! Follow the link for information on Bradbury-Sullivan Center's asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. For the location of additional vaccination centers that have been trained on LGBTQ-competency, email [email protected] or [email protected] 
  • You can order four (4) free at-home tests from the federal government using this link. (O aquí para Español.)
  • You may be able to schedule a COVID-19 test closer to your home. Use this map to find the closest testing site to you. You can also view the AMI public testing sites that are being held in five regions across Pennsylvania.

Mental Health Resources during COVID-19:

This time can be very hard for so many of us. When you may need them, please reach out to these resources below. They are very helpful to many of us.

RELATED RESOURCES: 

MORE INFORMATION: 

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