Now Accepting Pre-registrations for Phase 1B
|Starting today, pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for people who qualify for Phase 1B.
Pre-registration can be accessed by visiting www.montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine and clicking on the “COVID-19 Vaccine Registration” button or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967.
People in the following Phase 1B categories will be prioritized for appointments per the Pennsylvania Department of Health order:
· Law enforcement, which includes police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.
· Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.
· Grocery Store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores.
· Food and Agriculture workers, including all food processing company employees, including meat, poultry, and dairy processing, fresh fruit and vegetable packing operations, food manufacturing, farmworkers, farm operators, and farm managers, including at agriculture operations.
Remaining Phase 1B categories include:
· People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
· First responders
· Other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
· U.S. Postal Service workers
· Manufacturing workers
· Education workers
· Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
· Public transit workers
· Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
Montgomery County continues to pre-register and vaccinate people in Phase 1A and estimates it will be a few weeks before vaccine appointments will be available for people in Phase 1B.
The list of underlying health conditions that qualify for Phase 1A has been expanded and is linked here. If you have one of these conditions, please check “Yes” to the question of underlying health conditions on your registration.
If you have already pre-registered with Montgomery County Office of Public Health on the individual list, there is no need to register again.
To ensure equitable access for all, vaccine appointments for Phase 1B outside of the prioritized groups listed above will be released randomly, not by date registered.
If you experience longer than normal wait times on the COVID-19 hotline or experience a website timeout, please come back to register at a later date.
Montgomery County will open pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for all phases according to the following Pennsylvania Department of Health eligibility schedule:
· April 5 (Today) – Phase 1B
· Monday, April 12 – Phase 1C
· Monday, April 19 – Everyone
Demand for the vaccine remains high, therefore residents are asked for their patience as the vaccine rollout continues. Eligibility does not equal availability. Appointments will be released in accordance with supply.
For general COVID-19 questions or to pre-register for the vaccine by phone, call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. The hotline is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please note the hotline cannot provide updates or timelines on vaccine pre-registration, please refer to the instructions received in your confirmation email. General questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
· The County operates six COVID-19 testing sites that are open each weekday
· COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls Playlist on YouTube
· Weekly COVID press briefings: Briefings are held at 1:30 p.m. each week on Wednesdays, they are carried live on the Montgomery County Facebook page and archived on the Department of Public Safety YouTube channel.
· Montgomery County Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
· Montgomery County COVID-19 information hub: www.montcopa.org/COVID-19
Hospitality industry businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding through the MontcoStrong 2021 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program.
Montgomery County has received approximately $9.4 million in state funding to provide grants to eligible businesses. The eligibility, application requirements, and program design were all developed from Senate Bill 109 known as Act 1 of 2021.
Grant awards will be in increments from $5,000 to $50,000. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of expenses incurred and paid during the eligible expense period.
Eligible businesses must have their primary business activity in NAICS subsector 721 (Accommodations) or subsector 722 (Food Services and Drinking Places). A description of these NAICS subsectors is in Appendix B of the Program Guidelines.