But if you live in Philly, you can now “pre-commit” to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and become among the first to know when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.
In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philly Fighting COVID (PFC) created the online alert system.
Launched at the beginning of the pandemic, PFC is a local nonprofit made up of volunteers, engineers, and scientists. The organization started making PPE for health care workers, which led to a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to provide free, COVID-19 testing at four city clinics.
PFC is now focusing all of its efforts on vaccine operations. PFC founded the city’s first mass community COVID-19 vaccination clinic, located inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Staffed by nurses and physician’s assistants, it’s intended to speed up the rollout of the vaccine. The clinic has the capacity to vaccinate between 100 and 450 people per hour — 1,000 to 4,500 people per day — and is the first of several PFC community clinics planned. One of these might be where you end up getting vaccinated.
If you live in Philadelphia, you can go online and register that you want to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Pre-committing is not a requirement to get vaccinated in the city. However, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health encourages all residents to do so.
To be clear, this won’t actually schedule you for a future vaccination appointment. But it will help you stay better informed.
Sign up, and you’ll be alerted when it’s your turn to get vaccinated as soon as that information becomes available. You’ll also receive email updates about the status of vaccine administration across the city. And by registering, you’ll help PFC and the city decide where to set up clinics, expediting vaccination rollout across the city.
- To sign up, visit phillyfightingcovid.com/vaccine, and click on the button that says “pre-commit to getting vaccinated.”
- Enter your full name and email address, and create a password to create an account.
- Check your email for a confirmation email. You need to click the confirmation link in the email, which confirms your account and takes you to a page on COVIDReadi, the portal PFC is using to register those who pre-commit.
- On the COVIDReadi landing page, click the “pre-commit to getting vaccinated” button.
- On the following form, you’ll need to provide personal information, including your name, contact information, occupation, and where you live and work.
Once you sign and complete the form, you’ll receive updates about when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
Vaccines are being rolled out under a phased approach, following CDC guidelines. The phases are as follows:
To check the current vaccine phase in Pennsylvania, visit health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx.