Mass vaccination facilities reaching Montgomery counties, Delaware – Latest News

DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania (WPVI) – Plans are being made to protect the residents of Delaware and Montgomery counties from COVID-19.

Large vaccination sites will help dose as many people as possible.

But many residents say they still have many questions about the launch.

We met a group outside the Wawa in Upper Darby who said they were looking for more information.

“It’s very vague as to how many are available and when exactly it will spread further,” said Patrice Dorfman of Drexel Hill.
Rich Gallagher of Drexel Hill said, “You have to explain more to us about what this is and what you are going to do.”

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Delaware County Council Vice President Dr. Monica Taylor told Action News where the county stands when it comes to administering the vaccine.

“We’ve uploaded about 4,500 shots so far, the first round,” Taylor said.

Dr. Taylor also said they are planning to open three mass vaccination sites, including one in Yeadon.

“It will be in our wellness center, so that’s a defined site and then we will look for two sites in the middle of the county and one site on the western side,” Taylor said.

However, he says the priority right now is health workers. As for everyone else, he said, “It’s going to be a seamless situation and we’ll learn as we go and make adjustments as it happens.”
Action News has learned that there will also be a mass vaccination site at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. The site is scheduled to open on Wednesday.

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“Our goal is to get up to 2,000 a day, but we probably won’t get there until the end of January. So our immediate goal is 1,000 per day, but that depends on the amount of vaccine we receive, ”said the Acting Health Administrator. Janet Panning.

People will have to register in the Montgomery County COVID-19 websiteBut, like Delaware County, Montgomery County is focusing on vaccinating frontline healthcare workers.

“The last two weeks we have received the vaccine on Wednesday mornings and we have received 2,000 doses each time,” said Panning.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Monday that to date 135,044 Pennsylvanians have been vaccinated. She says it will be several months before the general population can expect to receive the vaccine. She envisions a dating style system to avoid long lines when the expanded rollout launches.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 3,226 additional positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, in addition to 4,579 new cases reported on Sunday, January 3 for a two-day total of 7,805 additional positive COVID-19 cases. This brings the statewide total to 665,097.

There are 5,529 people hospitalized with COVID-19, almost double the peak in the spring. Of that number, 1,149 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

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