Got the Vaccine? Montco Commissioners Ask Residents to Self-Identify When They Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Image via Phil Roeder, Flickr.

In a recent briefing, the Montgomery County commissioners brought residents and the Montco community up to date on COVID-19 vaccine operations.

Montgomery County’s three existing mass vaccination clinics remain on track with first and second dose clinics.

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) received all necessary second doses for this week, and its first dose clinics continue to administer the Pfizer vaccine. The County’s weekly first dose vaccine supply remains level at 5,850 doses.

There are now three mass vaccination sites in Montgomery County:

  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Norristown Area High School
  • Parkside Shopping Center (Former Petco) located at 2522 West Moreland Road in Willow Grove.

Residents must have an appointment to receive a vaccine, and walk-ins are not accepted. Due to the limited supply of vaccine at this time, only people who qualify for Phase 1A will be given appointments. This includes people ages 65 and older and people ages 16-64 with specific underlying medical conditions known to be associated with severe cases of COVID-19.

Learn more about the 1A criteria or to pre-register for an appointment.

Montgomery County commissioners are encouraging residents to fully fill out their vaccination record and self-identify when it is their time to get the vaccine to accurately capture race and ethnicity data.

“The accurate collection of racial and ethnic data to inform our equitable vaccine distribution strategies is extremely important,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “I continue to ask our community to join us in this effort to make sure that as vaccine efforts continue, we are reaching all members of our population.”

A COVID-19 hotline is available for general COVID-19 questions and pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine. The number to call is 833-875-3967. 

The Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline is operational six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with live operators. 

If Montco residents received their shot at a Montgomery County mass vaccination site (Parkside in Willow Grove, Norristown Area High School, or MCCC) the county urges residents to fully fill out their vaccination record and self-identify when it is their time to get the vaccine to accurately capture race and ethnicity data.

Many residents have received their vaccines at places other than the county’s vaccinations clinics, so please self-identify if there is a field to do so. There are a number of other providers in the County and region that are receiving the vaccine. Each site has its own registration process that is separate from the County.

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health does not distribute vaccines to these locations and does not have any control over how the vaccine is distributed. The PA DOH distributes the vaccine directly to them. Wherever a resident goes to receive their first dose of vaccine is where they need to go to get their second dose. Residents can look these up on the PA Department of Health (DOH) vaccine provider map, as they change weekly.

If residents need to be tested for COVID-19,  Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are open various hours each weekday at six locations across the County, dependent upon the weather.

Testing is available to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Montgomery County. Appointments can be made on weekdays starting at 7 a.m. online or starting at 8:30 a.m. by calling 610-970-2937.

COVID-19 Cases, data, and vaccine FAQs in Montgomery County can be found on this site.  

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