PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today reported an additional 20,671 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Philadelphia since last reported on Thursday, January 6. This brings the total number of fully vaccinated Philadelphians to at least 969,072, and the number of Philadelphians with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1,232,039. Currently, 78 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and more than 95 percent* of Philadelphia adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
All residents ages five and older are eligible to be vaccinated in Philadelphia. 29.1 percent of 5-to-11-year-olds in Philadelphia have received at least one vaccine dose. Among eligible Philadelphians ages 12 and older, 72.3 percent are fully vaccinated, and 91.9 percent have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Department of Health reports 1,286 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Philadelphia hospitals, with a total of 97 on ventilators.
In the last two weeks, 31.5 percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. Thus far during the pandemic, 234,711 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 4,257 have succumbed to the virus. Philadelphia is averaging 2,978 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks.
Health Department Releases Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines: Last week, the CDC and FDA made a number of changes to the recommended COVID-19 vaccine series. These changes represent the best scientific recommendations for who should get what vaccine and when. However, these changes may be confusing to the public. To help make it easier for Philadelphians to know what vaccine they should get and when so they can be up-to-date, the Health Department published a new blog post. The blog post provides information by age range for what vaccine people should get and when. It also provides advice for people who have fallen behind on their vaccine series and need to catch up.
Free Internet for Virtual Learning: Due to COVID-19’s impact on school operations, many students are participating in virtual learning. Pre-K–12 households without reliable internet access can get connected for free through PHLConnectED. Families should call 211 for more information. For language services, press 8. For additional support with internet and devices, residents can also reach out to a Digital Navigator.
Free Meals for Students in Virtual Learning: Starting Tuesday, January 11, the number of School District of Philadelphia “Grab-and-Go” meal sites will expand from 12 locations to 24 locations citywide. Five-day meal boxes will be available for pick-up between 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. for any School District student who is temporarily learning virtually or quarantining at home.
District Technology Support for Virtual Learning: Students who are part of the schools that are temporarily shifting to virtual learning and who need technology support can visit one of the School District’s three Parent and Family Tech Support Centers or contact the Tech Support Hotline at 215-400-4444 or FamilyTechSupport@philasd.org.
*Note: All vaccine administration percentages will be capped at 95 percent to account for U.S. Census estimates.
- Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine: phila.gov/vaccine.
- Where to find COVID-19 testing: phila.gov/testing.
- City’s COVID-19 homepage: phila.gov/covid-19.
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 response.
- Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline: 1 (800) 722-7112.
- Health Department COVID Call Center: 215-685-5488.
- Residents can text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to get updates sent to their phones.
- The COVID Prevention and Response Fund is accepting donations to aid nonprofits and individuals that are supporting their community through the pandemic.
Resources for Media:
- COVID-19 briefings.
- Recordings of COVID-19 briefings (Subtitles available in multiple languages).
- COVID-19 press releases.