COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

For questions about Montgomery County, Pennsylvania's COVID-19 vaccine registration, appointments, and provider enrollment, please see below.

CAN I MAKE A MONETARY DONATION TO THE MASS VACCINATION EFFORTS?

The County does not accept monetary donations. However, we encourage all to give generously to the Montgomery County Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN) or the Montco COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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  1. Registration
  2. Appointment
  3. Vaccine
  4. Provider Enrollment

Who is eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot?

To receive the Pfizer booster, you must have received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for your first and second dose.

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine,
  • People ages 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine,
  • People ages 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Who is eligible to receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine?

Anyone with the following conditions is eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna:

  • Active treatment for any cancer (not history) including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery within two years.
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and currently taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
    • Steroids – daily or regular doses of prednisone, prednisolone, decadron. (Not single injection)
    • Alkylating agents and antimetabolites used for chemotherapy medications
    • TNF blockers – most common are Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Simponi – the generic names end with either -ercept or – iximab. Used for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis.

WHAT VACCINES ARE APPROVED FOR USE FOR 12 to 17-YEAR-OLDS?

Only the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for use in 12 to 17-year-olds. 

WHAT is the process for getting vaccinated as a minor?

When registering for your appointment, please select a clinic that is administering the Pfizer vaccine. All minors (under age 18) that are to be vaccinated MUST be physically accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

An acceptable substitute is an adult relative age 21 or older, who has been authorized by the child's parent to seek medical treatment for the minor.  This may include grandparent, aunt/uncle, or sibling provided they are at least 21 years old. The authorized relative must present a signed copy of the Treatment of a Minor form. If the authorized relative does not have a signed form, the parent may be contacted by phone to give a verbal consent for delegation of care to that individual, and the form should be completed with the parent signature line indicating “verbal consent” and the name of the person witnessing consent.

Am I able to edit my personal information in the VAccine registration system?

No. You are only able to reschedule your appointment using your initial confirmation email.

What do I do if I pre-registered and cannot access the new system or do not get an email to enter my information in the new system?

Call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-875-3967 or email COVID19@montcopa.org. You will be asked your name, date of birth, email address, and phone number to add you into the new system.

What email address does the confirmation come from? Appointment Confirmation

noreply@montcopa.org 

Can I use the same email address for multiple people?

Yes. You will get multiple emails, one for each of the registrant(s).

How can I update my registration to include a medical condition?

You cannot update your registration with a medical condition. 

I registered multiple people and only got a response about one.

Each registration is for an individual. You can use the same email address. You will just need to check to whom the email is addressed.

I am homebound/I know someone is homebound.

Montgomery County’s Department of Public Safety is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound individuals who are eligible through its Mobile Integrated Health Unit. Anyone who wants to setup a vaccination appointment for a homebound person should call (610) 631-3079 and leave a voicemail for a call back.

Can you confirm that I am registered?

No. We do not have the ability to confirm you are registered at this time. You should have received an email confirming your registration.  

Questions?

For general COVID-19 questions please email covid19@montcopa.org or call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. The hotline is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note the hotline cannot provide updates or timelines on vaccine pre-registration, or troubleshoot issues with vaccine appointments. Please refer to the instructions received in your confirmation email.