Gov. Wolf Visits Montco’s Mobile Integrated Health Team as It Approaches 10,000 Vaccinations Milestone

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Image via Kimberly Paynter, WHYY.
A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Montgomery County Department of Safety’s mobile health vaccination site.

Montgomery County’s Mobile Integrated Health Team, which has been delivering COVID-19 vaccines to those who are homebound or unhoused, is nearing a major milestone: 10,000 shots, writes Kenny Cooper for WHYY.

Mobile Health Unit with Gov Wolf.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (right) talked to Dr. Valarie Arkoosh and Dr. Alvin Wang at Norristown Transportation Center on September 29, 2021. Image via Kimberly Paynter, WHYY.

The health unit was stationed at SEPTA’s Norristown Transportation Center earlier this week as Governor Tom Wolf visited to see from up close how it all happens.

“This is just one example of the lengths to which Montgomery County is going, working with SEPTA – thank you, SEPTA – working with SEPTA to make sure that they’re leaving no stone unturned to get people in contact with the vaccine,” said Wolf.

“This hardworking team never seems to be content with where they are,” said Wolf. “They’re always looking for some other way to get out and get to more people.”

The setup was so impressive that the Governor encouraged the other 66 counties in the state to take notice of Montgomery County’s handling of the situation.

To achieve this, according to Dr. Alvin Wang, chief medical officer of the county’s Department of Public Safety, the Mobile Integrated Health Team drives out to reach homebound individuals or even walks along train tracks to help individuals in shelter encampments.

Read more about the Mobile Integrated Health Team at WHYY.