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COVID-19 Information & Updates

Thanks to the Bucks County Immunization Coalition and Montgomery County Immunization Coalition for providing all of us with information to stay as informed and healthy as possible!

Bucks County Immunization Coalition: Website Info & Resources

  • New Bucks County Coronavirus Vaccine Information Website: https://covid19-vaccine-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/ 
  • In accordance with updated state and federal vaccination eligibility mandates, Bucks County: has removed its wait list; will notify anyone pre-registered as 1B or 1C of their eligibility to sign up; invites those meeting the criteria to register and schedule an appointment now at https://www.trackmyvaccine.com/register.
  • Beginning 2/16/2021, Bucks County Community College is now serving as a COVID vaccination site, with three campus locations. The Bucks County Health Department is handling scheduling and coordination of vaccine distribution. Vaccines will be administered by AMI. No walk-ins will be permitted. Individuals must pre-register online to get an appointment if criteria is met for the current phase of vaccination; individuals must work, live, or go to school in Bucks County, PA. Learn more here.
  • Medical and non-medical COVID-19 Response Volunteers (CRV) are needed. Register here and share with others!

Montgomery County COVID-19 Vaccine Info: Website & Resources

  • The Montgomery County Office of Public Health announced 4/5 that pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for people who qualify for Phase 1B. Pre-registration can be accessed by visiting montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine and clicking on the “COVID-19 Vaccine Registration” button or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. For more information, a press release can be found here, with this information from the release, “To ensure equitable access for all, vaccine appointments for Phase 1B outside of the prioritized groups listed will be released randomly, not by date registered…Montgomery County will open pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for all phases according to the following Pennsylvania Department of Health eligibility schedule: April 5 – Phase 1B; April 12 – Phase 1C; April 19 – Everyone.”
  • The Montgomery County COVID-19 Hotline, 833-875-3967, is now accepting vaccine pre-registration by phone, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. To pre-register by phone, callers should let the agent know they would like support in pre-registering for a vaccine appointment. Volunteers are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to support callers in pre-registering for vaccine appointments. When a vaccine appointment becomes available, volunteers will call back to schedule the appointment. Please note, the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline is operational six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with live operators. Phone pre-registration for vaccine appointments is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the hotline has language line support for over 100+ different languages. The county encourages people to call the hotline or email COVID19@montcopa.org with general questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine.
  • Resources, Videos & Downloads are available at the bottom of the page. Share widely!
  • Interested in volunteering for medical & non-medical roles to support existing emergency medical personnel in the county? Review the flyer sharing how to sign up for the Montgomery County Medical Reserve Corps.
  • Montco COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration Helpline Volunteers Needed. Do you have time to volunteer? Montgomery County Office of Senior Services is looking for people to help seniors and individuals without internet pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Volunteers would be required to have a laptop, desktop, or a tablet with a removable keyboard. Volunteers would also need a landline or cellphone and internet access. Click here to sign up today!

Review the PA COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Phases & Information.

Vaccine Provider Map. PA Department of Health released a map of providers that can administer a COVID-19 vaccine to anyone covered by Phase 1A and 1B. This map will be updated as more locations receive vaccines. Although a provider may have received vaccines, there is no guarantee that they have open appointments as supply is still very limited.

Walmart is now administering COVID-19 vaccines in select locations, with instruction overview below.

  • Patients will either sign into their Walmart account or create one
  • Enter the zip code to find a nearby pharmacy offering the vaccine (this is open to PA residents only)
  • Questions will be asked to verify eligibility within Phase 1A and 1B for Pennsylvania
  • Patients will select the date and time of their appointment
  • Select “Add a patient” and complete the digital patient form
  • Once finished, select “Book Appointment”

Current Locations Scheduling Appointments (3/20/21):

  • Walmart #2068- 180 Levittown Pkwy, Levittown, PA 19055
  • Walmart #2096- 100 East Street Rd, Warminster, PA 18974
  • Walmart #2445- 1515 Bethlehem Pike, Hatfield, PA 19440
  • Walmart #2446- 195 N. West End Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951
  • Walmart #3564- 2101 Blair Mill Rd, Willow Grove, PA 19090
  • Walmart #5131- 3461 Horizon Blvd, Bensalem, PA 19020
  • Walmart #5649- 299 Valley Gate Dr, Warrington, PA 18976

Resources Shared through MCIC:

Montco COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Recordings. The YouTube playlist of all the Community (Montco) COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls has been developed and can be found here.

The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. Using a combination of surveys and qualitative research, this project tracks the dynamic nature of public opinion as vaccine development and distribution unfold, including vaccine confidence and acceptance, information needs, trusted messengers and messages, as well as the public’s experiences with vaccination. Read the March 2021 Key Findings, with a highlight here: 61% of U.S. adults reported being vaccinated for COVID-19 or intended to do so as soon as possible, 17% are taking a “wait and see” approach, while 13% report they are “definitely not” getting the vaccine.
V-Safe Available in Multiple Languages. V-safe is now available in Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, and simplified Chinese. Get vaccinated, then participate in personalized health check-ins to let the CDC know how you’re feeling and if you have any side effects. Flyers: Korean, Chinese Simplified, Spanish, Vietnamese, English V-Safe is a smartphone based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through V-Safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And V-Safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one). More information is here. Click here for a V-Safe Poster and V-Safe Information Flyer

CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Review the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services COVID-19 Vaccine Resources. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) have compiled these Federal resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for health care professionals, partners and patients, including a list of resources in other languages.

#VaccineReady. April is National Minority Health Month and this year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is focusing on the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities and underscoring the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated as more vaccines become available. This year’s theme for National Minority Health Month is #VaccineReady. Click here for #VaccineReady flyers in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Learn more and stay connected.

The Conversation: Between Us, About Us is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines co-developed by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Black Coalition Against COVID. Black doctors, nurses and researchers dispel misinformation in 50 FAQ videos. Videos can be found here.

1-Minute Message with Dr. Benzaquen from Einstein Healthcare Network. The Montgomery County Immunization Coalition has partnered with the Office of Public Health in the creation of a 1-minute video from the Latino Community Town hall with Dr. Benzaquen from Einstein Healthcare Network, answering the question, is the COVID-19 vaccine safe. Link to video here.

CDC announces new VaxText, a free text messaging resource, that reminds people to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People text ENROLL to 1-833-VaxText (829-8398) to start getting their weekly second dose reminders in either English or Spanish. VaxText also encourages patients to sign up for V-safe, a tool that allows people to record their health status after vaccination. For more information, click here.

It’s Up To You PSAs! These feature former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and former First Ladies Rosalynn Carter, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton.

  • View the Former Presidents and First Ladies ‘It’s Up To You’ PSA here.
  • View the Former Presidents and COVID-19 Vaccine Facts PSA here.

Get the Facts about COVID-19 vaccines flyer – respond to the most common myths

All of Your Tools flyer helps to educate the community that our best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. This flyer is currently available in Chinese, English, Korean, and Spanish: https://www.montcopa.org/3660/COVID-19-Vaccine (downloads)

CDC 2-minute videoWhat to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

CHOP News & Views3 Questions You Will Get About the New mRNA Vaccines

Thank you to BCIC for sharing this video series with with Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Answering Your Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines.

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