Additional J&J Vaccine to Accelerate Phase 1A Vaccinations in Montgomery County

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Montgomery County Commissioners are expecting an increased supply of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Montgomery County will now be able to support the Commonwealth’s special initiative to vaccinate targeted industry workers and to accelerate the vaccination timetable for those in Phases 1B, 1C and 2

“I am very pleased and grateful to be able to tell you that Governor Wolf and his team announced earlier that 42,000 combined doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered weekly to the county health departments in the four Southeast Pennsylvania counties,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “The delivery of Montgomery County’s share of these doses will enable us to significantly accelerate the progression through our 1A list as well as more quickly vaccinate a number of essential frontline workers.”

Montgomery County is booking appointments for people who qualify for Phase 1A. Appointment slots are limited and are available by reservation only. Walk-up registration is not accepted. Learn more about the 1A criteria or to pre-register for an appointment.

To date, there are over 75,000 people remaining on the Phase 1A pre-registration list. Residents can check their status at the County’s vaccine status page. This page lists the number of requests by date of registration. Montgomery County is currently booking appointments for those who pre-registered on or before February 10, 2021.

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.

Montgomery County has worked diligently to both ensure that the numbers of its residents vaccinated are high, while at the same time ensuring that vaccine administration is equitable and that there are no barriers to obtaining vaccine. Officials continue to ask that anyone receiving vaccine consider self-identifying so the County can accurately capture race and ethnicity data.

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.

Phone pre-registration for vaccine appointments is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the hotline has LanguageLine support for over 100+ different languages.

County-run Mass Vaccination Clinics are run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Appointments are required to receive the vaccine. No walk-up registration is accepted. Currently, Montgomery County has three vaccination clinics:

•          Montgomery County Community College – Blue Bell, PA

•          Norristown Area High School – Norristown, PA

•          Parkside Shopping Center (Former Petco), 2522 West Moreland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

As more vaccine doses become available, more appointment slots and vaccination clinics will be opened. The public should not call these sites directly, they are hosting the clinics and have no information on vaccine distribution.

There are a number of other providers in the County and region that are receiving the vaccine. Residents can look these up on the PA Department of Health (DOH) vaccine provider map as they change weekly. 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 are encouraged to check the County’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage on the COVID-19 vaccine, which is updated weekly.

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