People who live or work in Delaware County can now pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine by completing a form found on the Chester County Health Department’s COVID-19 website. Vaccines are free of charge and for people age 16 and older who live or work in Delaware County. The form can be found here:
Completion of the form registers a person’s interest in receiving the vaccine, and the information provided helps the Chester County Health Department to place each individual into the Phase 1A, 1B, 1C, and Phase 2 categories. The recent change in Phase 1A groups, announced earlier this week by the PA Department of Health, led the Chester County Health Department to revise its original pre-registration survey.
Under the new categories, all individuals 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination under Phase 1A. The updated phases can be found here: https://chesco.org/4822/COVID19Vaccine
Those conditions are outlined by the CDC here and include: cancer; chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); Down Syndrome; heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines; obesity; severe obesity; pregnancy; Sickle Cell Disease; smoking; and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Those over age 65 who previously submitted a form do not need to resubmit a form to be moved to Phase 1A. Those who remain in Phase 1B do not need to resubmit a form if they previously submitted one. Those age 64 and under with medical conditions which place them in Phase 1A must complete a new form to place them into Phase 1A. Everyone who has submitted, or will be submitting a pre-registration form will receive a confirmation of receipt, and will then receive regular updates on the status of vaccine distribution and will be contacted to schedule an appointment once vaccine is available.
Delaware County will be opening a COVID-19 Call Center next week. This new call center will be staffed by people who can help to answer questions and assist those without access to a computer or an email. The phone number to the call center will be released next week.