COVID-19 Vaccination Phasing Updated

Posted on Saturday January 09, 2021
As expected, details on the vaccination plan have changed since yesterday's post. Pennsylvania issued an updated COVID-19 Vaccination Phasing list. Montgomery County is still working to distribute vaccines to the Phase 1A population only. A timeline for when Phase 1B vaccinations will start is still unknown.

With two COVID-19 vaccines approved for Emergency Use, production and distribution of the vaccinations is ramping up. But due to limited supply and changing conditions, a vaccination timeline is a moving target. We will update our information as updates become available.

States are responsible for developing vaccination plans which outline how the vaccine will be distributed and administered. Pennsylvania’s Interim Vaccination Plan, established four vaccination phases which focus on vaccinating critical workers and the highest risk citizens first. Refer to the Interim Vaccination Plan for guidance and definitions of how people are assigned to the vaccination phases.

As the vaccine becomes available, the state and county will move through each of the vaccination phases. Information about vaccination availability can be found on the Montgomery County COVID-19 Vaccination Page, which will be updated with anticipated dates for the start of each Phase of vaccinations. You will note that Montgomery County has split Phase 1B into Phases 1B and 1C, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, to further prioritize populations. We anticipate phasing to change as the vaccination program is further refined.

Montgomery County and local Health Care Facilities are currently vaccinating Phase 1A, which includes health care personnel and residents of Long-Term Care Facilities. If you are a member of Phase 1A, your employer may be managing the acquisition of vaccinations for you. If your employer is not managing a vaccination program or you are a private contractor who qualifies for Phase 1A vaccinations and live or work in Montgomery County, you can reach out to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health to schedule an appointment through a Screening Survey. The Office of Public Health will review responses to ensure qualification before moving registrants to the next phase.

The next phase of vaccines (Phase 1B), according to Montgomery County, includes Police, Fire and other first responders; critical workers – essential business personnel who are essential to continue critical infrastructure and maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and workers who cannot work remotely and cannot maintain safe physical distance; people aged 75 and older; and people with high-risk conditions. A date for the start of Phase 1B vaccinations is not yet available.

People who qualify for the Phase 1C vaccination group, according to Montgomery County, include members of the workforce that supports ongoing critical infrastructure operations; citizens that have certain medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19; and persons aged 65 to 74 years old.

When a large quantity of vaccination doses becomes available in Montgomery County, Phase 2 will ensure that there is access for everyone in Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C. Additionally, Phase 2 will be opened to additional Critical Workers; people in High-Risk Conditions, such as those who live in congregate housing like college dormitories, military barracks, boarding schools; people aged 40 to 64 years old; and people with vaccine access challenges.

Finally, Phase 3 will be open to the members of the general population that were not previously vaccinated. This will occur when the vaccine is readily available.

Note: The COVID-19 vaccination is not currently authorized for children and adolescents under the age of 16. The United States Centers for Disease Control and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is closely monitoring clinical trials in children and adolescents before making recommendations with regard to authorizing its use in children and adolescents under 16 years of age.

Residents of Montgomery County with vaccine questions can contact the Montgomery County Office of Public Health at [email protected].

Residents of other Counties with vaccine questions can contact the Pennsylvania of Public Health at 1-877-724-3258.

Questions can also be directed to Cheltenham Township Emergency Management at 215-887-1000, ext. 339 or [email protected].

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