PHILADELPHIA PA (February 27, 2021)--There are more than 100 sites citywide that are approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, and that number continues to grow, but vaccine supply is still relatively low in Philadelphia.
Because of the limited supply of vaccines, the City is taking a phased approach to distributing it, focusing on vaccinating those who are at the highest risk first. Because of this approach, the vast majority of the vaccine clinics in Philadelphia currently require appointments.
As we plan to receive an increased vaccine supply in the coming weeks and months, we’re growing our network of vaccine distributors. This means that as vaccine supply increases, it will become easier and easier to schedule an appointment and get the vaccine at a location close to you.
Here are a few of the ways we’ve recently expanded our vaccine distribution network.
A FEMA mass vaccination site
We partnered with FEMA to open a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as early as March 3, 2021. FEMA and federal partners are planning to support this site through staffing, operations, logistics, and vaccine allocations. This site can distribute up to 6,000 doses per day once it’s at its maximum operating capacity.
This site will also have its own vaccination allocation from the federal government—42,000 doses a week—separate from Philadelphia’s weekly allocation, meaning that this site will more than double the number of doses coming into Philly right now. This means we can vaccinate more than twice as many people per week that we’ve been vaccinating.
Three new community-based mass vaccination sites
As part of the City’s plan to make the COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible in traditionally underserved neighborhoods, the Health Department has committed to opening three clinics that can vaccinate up to 500 people each, per day.
These clinics will each ultimately run twice per week (once for the first dose, once for the second dose), resulting in up to 3,000 vaccinations administered per week.
Currently, the Health Department is inviting people who completed the Vaccine Interest Form and meet Phase 1b criteria to sign up for appointments. These mass vaccination community clinics are happening at:
- Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School in Harrowgate
- Martin Luther King Older Adult Center in North Philadelphia
- University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia
CHOP Education and Childcare Personnel Vaccination Program
We partnered with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to create a program to vaccinate all teachers, principals, and staff at all District, charter, independent and parochial schools, as well as at childcare centers and pre-K providers.
The program will continue in the coming weeks and expand to pop-up clinics located in school buildings throughout the city.
For months, we’ve partnered with many different organizations and companies throughout Philadelphia to help us distribute the vaccine. There are more than 100 sites across Philadelphia that are approved to administer vaccines. You can view a map of approved vaccine distribution sites here. Remember, the vast majority of the vaccine clinics in Philadelphia currently require appointments.
If you’re interested in receiving the vaccine, please register on the City’s Vaccine Interest form, or call 311 and have them get you registered, and you’ll be notified when you are eligible and we have a vaccine for you. That notification will include information about where and how you can register for an appointment.
These are the types of sites we’ve partnered with:
- Pharmacies, both chains and independently-owned
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Senior sites
- Urgent Cares
- Community centers
- Behavioral Health
We want to get everyone vaccinated, and we’re working hard to do that, with new clinics opening every week.