Article by Marlene Lang from West Chester Patch

WEST CHESTER, PA — Chester County elected officials and volunteers on Saturday will be making calls to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Government Services Center on Westtown Road in West Chester.

Calls to set up vaccine appoints have begun as supply is becoming available. At noon on March 6, Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, Michelle Kichline along with other officials, Chester County Health Department Director Jeanne Franklin, health department staff, and county employee volunteers will begin phone banking the long list of Chester County registrants who await appointments. They’ll work from the Chester County Government Services Center at 601 Westtown Road in West Chester.

On Saturday the group will be calling Phase 1A registrants in the county who are next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, scheduling appointments for the coming week, according to a news release from Chester County Information Officer Rebecca Brain.

The Chester County Health Department said it has invested in “a robust and secure scheduling software system to improve upon the booking of vaccine appointments.”

But the county explained that until the new system is in place, the Health Department has taken a personal — and very secure — approach to booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments: Calling people.

Governor Wolf’s direction given this week, to vaccinate educators throughout Pennsylvania using the State’s initial allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will be undertaken at the state level, through the 28 Intermediate Units across Pennsylvania and with support from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Chester County’s government website explained.

“In Chester County, the Chester County Intermediate Unit will take the lead in vaccinating educators with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” the site noted.

“At the Chester County Health Department, we will maintain our focus on vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A who live and work in Chester County, using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. We continue our requests for maximum doses of vaccines from the State Department of Health, and are ready to open appointments and administer the vaccine for those in Phase 1A as quickly as we receive those doses,” the county’s statement said.

For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Chester County click here.

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