Chester County officials lay out COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials in Chester County have rolled out their plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to residents. Much of this extensive plan will also be implemented in Delaware County.

County Health Department director Jeanne Casner said they are distributing the vaccine to residents in a four-phase approach which classifies residents by their line of work and age.

Most of those in the first phase are health care personnel such as nurses, doctors and EMS workers.

“These are both paid and unpaid personnel serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials,” Casner added.

The department's homepage breaks down personnel in each of the four phases, gives information on vaccination locations and more.

“We identify which phase we are actively vaccinating in, and which phase we are preparing for,” she explained.

Casner said there is no calendar timeline on when they will move to different vaccination phases.

“We cannot predict how much vaccine the state will be sending to the health department on any given week and therefore, we can only open up enough appointments for which we have vaccines,” she explained.

Casner said hospitals, health centers and eventually schools, churches and senior centers will serve as vaccination stations.

Officials will work with the community to make people aware of which phase they are in.

“We are well prepared and eager to vaccinate anyone who wishes to be vaccinated, and we strongly encourage you to consider a vaccination,” she added.

Because the Chester County Health Department is in charge of the Delaware County COVID-19 response, the vaccine rollout will be very similar in both counties.