In an effort to expand vaccinations, the City continues to partner with organizations who have the capacity and ability to administer COVID vaccines. The Health Department realizes that there are organizations that might not have the capacity to administer vaccines, or might want to do more than they can with their existing capacity. In order to ensure that every organization that wants to administer vaccine, and can, is able to, PHMCC has issued a request for proposals to expand or establish a vaccine administration operation.
Specific objectives for the RFP are to:
- Build a robust vaccine administration network across Philadelphia
- Create vaccine access points in geographic areas and communities that are medically underserved
- Direct vaccination outreach to Philadelphia residents
- Achieve high vaccine coverage rates across Philadelphia, in accord with established prioritization strategies
Applicants must be able to satisfy a number of requirements to ensure that vaccines are provided safely, in accordance with federal and manufacturer guidelines, and in a manner that reduces health inequities.
This RFP is open and will be accepting applicants until new and expanded vaccine providers are no longer needed.
Each proposal is reviewed by a diverse and multicultural group of City employees, including representatives from multiple Health Department divisions, a representative from the Commerce Department, and a representative from City Council. Proposals are approved based on their ability to satisfy the requirements of the RFP.
On March 26, 2021, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced that the first round of awardees were notified of their successful application. This is the current list of awardees:
- Albert Einstein Medical Center
- It Takes Philly, Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium
- myDoc Urgent Care
- Sunray Drugs
- Temple University College of Public Health
- Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
- Thomas Jefferson University Health System