Good News: Vaccine Doses Up in Delaware County. Vaccine Disbursement Goes Local With More Eligible

David Bjorkgren

Delaware County is seeing an increasing weekly supply of vaccines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

This week, as with last, the County received 7,000 Moderna vaccines and 2,340 Pfizer vaccines.

In addition, the PA DOH announced that Delaware County, along with Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties, would begin receiving 10,500 doses each of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine every week going forward.

In total, Delaware County will be vaccinating upwards of 20,000 individuals per week.

More vaccine has become available as Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer up production.

Delaware County government will be the single largest dispenser of the vaccines in the county, sharing those duties with health providers and pharmacies.

The county will also transition from Phase 1A to Phase 1B by April 5, followed by Phase 1C on April 12 and opening eligibility up to all adults by April 19.

More vaccines means more vaccinations at existing sites and the opening of new sites.

“We anticipate opening one (or more) mass vaccination clinics as soon as resources are put in place, and plan to run such sites each weekend going forward until all adults who want to be vaccinated have been vaccinated,” stated a county press release.

Mass vaccination clinics in the county will join five county-based sites already operating at full capacity in Aston, Chester, Springfield, Radnor, and Yeadon.

The county estimates there is less than 50,000 Phase 1A individuals still interested in receiving the vaccine and the hope is to schedule their appointments in the next few weeks. Phase 1A. individuals will continue to be eligible for the vaccines throughout the vaccination process.

An updated county website next week will list what specific steps Phase 1A and 1B residents need to take to schedule an appointment. Dates, times, links and vaccine types will be made clear.

Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination Program

A Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination program continues to ensure homebound individuals who cannot leave their residence can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Up to 500 homebound residents will be vaccinated each week. A direct caregiver can also qualify for a vaccination.

Individuals can call the Delaware County COVID-19 Call Center at (484) 276-2100, or by email, to add themselves, a homebound loved one or friend to the “Homebound Roster” for an on-site at-home vaccination. Information needed includes the name of the person to be vaccinated, a phone number, zip code, and an email if applicable.