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NORRISTOWN, PA – During their virtual COVID-19 briefing today, the Montgomery County Commissioners provided an update on COVID-19 vaccine operations.
Per federal and state directives the Montgomery County Office of Public Health has paused the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at its vaccine clinics until further notice. Anyone who had an appointment to receive the J&J vaccine with the County has been contacted and given the opportunity to reschedule their appointment for a later date. Pfizer vaccine will be given at all clinics until further notice.
"This week continues to be an uncertain week for our vaccination clinics. At this time we still do not have firm guidance on what to expect in terms of vaccine supply for next week," said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. "If we are able to resume use of the J&J vaccine, we will do so as soon as logistically possible and begin to release more appointments. Our goal remains to get as many shots in arms as quickly and efficiently as possible."
Registration for the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone age 16 and over who lives or works in Montgomery County. The County is booking appointments for people in Phases 1A, 1B and 1C. Appointments are available by reservation only. Walk-up registration is not accepted. To learn more about criteria for each phase or to pre-register for an appointment, visit www.montcopa.org/covid-19vaccine.
COVID-19 Rent & Utility Relief: The COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief Program, administered by Your Way Home, allows eligible households to receive up to 12 months of assistance for rent and utility bills dating back to March 13, 2020. Assistance can be for past due rent and/or utility payments or future rent payments. Funding for security deposits, first and/or last month of rent is also eligible as part of the program. There is no financial limit on the amount of assistance a household can receive.
"Fifty-five million dollars is available for the program in Montgomery County through a combination of state and federal funding. With this amount of funding we are aiming to serve between 1,900 and 3,800 households," said Kenneth E. Lawrence, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. "Your Way Home and its partners are processing applications as quickly as possible. So far, 1,077 Montgomery County households, representing $5.1 million in funds have been given to those in need."
Montgomery County COVID-19 Hotline: A COVID-19 hotline is available for general COVID-19 questions and pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine. The number to call is (833) 875-3967. Vaccine pre-registration by phone is available to seniors and those without internet access. The Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline is operational 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 LanguageLine support for over 100+ different languages.
County Vaccination Clinics: Appointments are required to receive the vaccine at the following Montgomery County vaccine clinics. No walk-up registration is accepted.
Transportation to vaccine appointments at Montgomery County vaccination clinics listed above is available at no cost to the rider. Calling ahead is encouraged.
Vaccine Pre-registration with Other Providers: There are a number of other providers in the County and region that are receiving the vaccine. Residents can look these up on the PA Department of Health (DOH) vaccine provider map as they change weekly. Each site has its own registration process that is separate from the County.
COVID-19 Testing Sites Schedule: Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are open various hours each weekday at six locations across the County weather permitting. Testing is available to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Montgomery County. Appointments can be made on weekdays starting at 7 a.m. online or starting at 8:30 a.m. by calling (610) 970-2937.
COVID-19 Cases & Data: A full breakdown of all Montgomery County COVID-19 cases can be found on the COVID-19 Data Hub. The Hub hosts the County’s COVID-19 maps, data, and charts that show the number of daily cases and deaths related to COVID-19, including hospitalizations and ventilator use. There is also demographic information on cases by age, gender and race. For all other COVID-19 resources in Montgomery County, please visit https://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19.
COVID-19 Virtual Media Briefings: The next press briefing on COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be held Wednesday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. A link for media to register will be announced through a media advisory. It will be streamed live to the public on Montgomery County’s Facebook page and a recording will be uploaded on the County’s Public Safety YouTube channel.
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