County Scheduling Vaccinations for Health Care Workers

NORRISTOWN PA – Appointments to vaccinate only qualified health care professionals with the Moderna-brand COVID-19 vaccine are being scheduled by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health beginning Wednesday (Jan. 6, 2021) for weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., the office reported as it began accepting screening applications for the purpose online.

Both health care businesses who employ those essential workers, and those who are self-employed or independent contractors, can apply here. Considered “qualified” for the first-round of local vaccinations are “paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.”

Although initial vaccinations are not available to the general public, the office said its “goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available.”

Persons approved by the office for initial vaccination will receive a registration link for appointments. All who register must bring to an appointment their medical license, badge or paystub verifying their work in one of the above categories of health care professionals.

This list of eligible personnel is extensive, and includes but is not limited to “emergency medical service personnel, nurses, dentists, nursing assistants, home health aides, physicians, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, students and trainees, direct support professionals, clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities, contractual staff not employed by the health care facility, and persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious agents that can be transmitted among from health care personnel and patients.”

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