TL;DR: Philadelphia officials plan to launch a website this week for residents to register to receive information about the coronavirus vaccination, but thousands of residents have already registered with a third-party organization. This has just added to the confusion over who is eligible to get the vaccine and when. To help you navigate getting a vaccine, we created this lookup tool where you can enter your county to find out what’s happening where you are. You can also click here to view a map of vaccination sites.
What you need to know:
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Philadelphia officials plan to launch a website this week for residents to register to receive information about the coronavirus vaccination, but thousands of residents have already registered with a third-party organization, Philly Fighting Covid. This just adds to the confusion people in the region are experiencing surrounding vaccine eligibility and where to make an appointment. “There’s been a lot of confusion around this,” Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said. “That is not the city’s website.”
Benjamin McMillan, a supervisor at Philadelphia International Airport, told my colleague Juliana Feliciano Reyes that some of his coworkers have come to work even if they’ve been exposed to or infected with COVID-19 because they can’t afford to quarantine. They’re just some of the many essential workers who are not getting paid leave to quarantine as a basic public health measure, even while their job puts them at a higher risk of exposure. “It’s critical to quarantine and pay those individuals so the community can be protected,” said Peg Seminario, the former director of occupational safety and health for the AFL-CIO.
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You got this: Look up where you can get vaccinated
Pennsylvania, Philly, and New Jersey all have different schedules for who is eligible to get the vaccine and when. To help you navigate that, we created this lookup tool where you can enter your county to find out what’s happening where you are. You can also click here to view a map of vaccination sites.
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