COVID-19 vaccine

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (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

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.

 

Phased approach for limited supply of vaccine

Because vaccine availability is limited, Philadelphia has planned a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. This approach will prioritize populations at high-risk of acquiring infection, transmitting infection to vulnerable persons, or suffering severe consequences of infection.

All Philadelphians who meet the age requirements will be eligible to get the vaccine on April 19. The age requirements are 16 years and above for the Pfizer vaccine, and 18 years and above for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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

Title Description Category Author Date Format
Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan PDF This document summarizes the various mechanisms that will be used in Philadelphia to distribute vaccine through a phased schedule, including describing existing systems and capacity for vaccine distribution, as well as methods for scaling up to meet demand as more vaccine becomes available. March 26, 2021
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 is initially limited, Philadelphia is following a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. April 7, 2021
Vaccine Doses Ordered and Administered - April 9, 2021 xlsx Preliminary data about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Philadelphia. April 12, 2021
Response to Office of Inspector General’s Public Report on Philly Fighting Covid, Inc. PDF As directed by the Mayor, the Health Department has developed a plan to strengthen the oversight of the COVID-19 vaccination effort and vaccine providers, and to ensure that all current and future partners deliver vaccine in a safe, equitable, and professional manner. This plan encompasses implementing recommendations and requests made both by the Mayor and the Office of the Inspector General. March 8, 2021

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