Chester County COVID-19 Update: 4,000 People in Phase 1A Will Receive Vaccine Each Week

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WEST CHESTER, PA —The Chester County Health Department has provided an update on the local COVID-19 vaccine program.

“We are working with all COVID-19 vaccine partners – hospitals, care homes, pharmacies, and eventually doctors’ offices and urgent cares – to get the vaccine out as quickly as possible. We are requesting maximum doses of the vaccine from the PA Department of Health on a weekly basis,” stated the Chester County Health Department in their announcement.

However, officials report that out of the 32,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses requested by Chester County, only 15,500 doses have been obtained from the Commonwealth.

As of Friday, January 29, 2021, the County is administering the vaccine to individuals in Phase 1A. This includes individuals 65 and older, and people between the ages of 16-64 with certain medical conditions.

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The Chester County Health Department estimates that, based on the current vaccine dose levels, an estimated 4,000 people in Phase 1A will receive the vaccine every week.  This estimate is expected to be revised as vaccine doses increase.

A list of all groups listed within Phase 1A, 1B, 1C and Phase 2 can be found here.

Appointment Availablity

The Chester County Health Department states that as appointments become available, eligible individuals will be notified of their ability to book an appointment with a personalized link to request booking. A second link for actually scheduling the vaccine will be sent separately. Moreover, the second vaccine dose will be scheduled when the first dose is given.

Chester County Vaccine Sites

Based on the amount of vaccine received, the Chester County Health Department announced they are currently maintaining two COVID-19 vaccine clinics: one at the Government Services Center in West Chester and another at the Kennett Square Fire Company’s Red Clay Room.  Additional sites are expected to open as vaccine dose amounts increase.

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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Chester County is currently administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273), reports the Chester County Health Department, which is approved for use in individuals age 18 and older. Therefore, at this time, Chester County cannot administer the vaccine to anyone 16-17 years of age.

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