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COVID-19

Vaccine distribution

This page compiles general information and documents about the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Philadelphia

All Philadelphians who meet the age requirements are eligible to get the vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently authorized for individuals 5 years old and above. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for individuals 18 years and above.

The COVID-19 vaccine had previously been distributed in phases in Philadelphia. The phases were based on a person’s level of risk of acquiring infection, transmitting infection to vulnerable persons, or suffering severe consequences of infection.

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Recommendations are posted below.

The role of the Department of Public Health

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is the lead agency in overseeing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to residents of Philadelphia. Distribution is different than for other vaccines. Healthcare providers and pharmacies are not able to order this vaccine from manufacturers and suppliers directly. All ordering, storing, administration, and reporting of COVID-19 vaccine use is managed and overseen by the Health Department. These processes are conducted in accord with rules and practice guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Health Department has created a broad vaccine administration network to achieve sustainable and equitable vaccine access across the city, including through private healthcare providers, pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, community service organizations, and mass vaccination events.

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan is posted below.

COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee

The COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) was established to advise the Health Department on planning distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. The VAC is comprised of local stakeholders representing healthcare, vulnerable populations, faith-based organizations, business sectors, insurers, and others affected by the pandemic. A COVID-19 Racial Equity group has been integrated into the VAC to address health equity issues. The VAC advises the City on prioritization strategies for vaccine distribution, and guides communication and community engagement strategies to build trust and promote vaccination.

A list of VAC members is posted below.

Title Description Category Author Date Format
COVID-19 Response Plan - November 2022 Update PDF An overview of the strategies that will be sustained or scaled up, based on response needs throughout fall and winter 2022. November 10, 2022
COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee Members xls The Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) was established to advise the Health Department on planning distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. February 23, 2021
Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Recommendations PDF Because vaccine availability was initially limited, Philadelphia followed a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. April 7, 2021
Response to Office of Inspector General’s Public Report on Philly Fighting Covid, Inc. PDF This letter details how the Health Department has strengthened the oversight of the COVID-19 vaccination effort and vaccine providers. March 08, 2021
Philadelphia COVID-19 Response Plan Executive Summary PDF A short summary of the Health Department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. November 2, 2021
Vaccine doses ordered and administered – June 26, 2022 xlsx A summary of vaccine distribution data in Philadelphia. July 1, 2022

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