Willow Grove vaccination site will open Friday; Governor Wolf announced the lifting of certain restrictions effective April 4.
NORRISTOWN, PA – During their virtual COVID-19 briefing today, the Montgomery County Commissioners announced a new mass vaccination site in Willow Grove, which will open on Friday, and provided an update on COVID-19 vaccine operations.
Montgomery County's two existing mass vaccination clinics remain on track with first and second dose clinics. The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (OPH) received all necessary second doses for this week, and its first dose clinics are running smoothly administering the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine supply coming to Montgomery County OPH increased slightly this week. Over the next four weeks, OPH will receive at least 5,850 doses of Pfizer for first dose clinics. This is an increase of about 1,000 doses per week.
"With this increase in vaccine, we are able to open our third mass vaccination site in Willow Grove. The site will be operational starting this Friday," said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. "This is welcome news because now anyone who gets an appointment with us will be able to choose the location where they go to receive their vaccine. This will make it easier for people to find a location that is closest to them."
This week the Governor announced a lifting of certain targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits effective April 4. Montgomery County will comply with these new guidelines, however, residents should continue to wear masks and social distance. Similarly, business adherence to all safety orders are still imperative during this time. The importance of this is underscored by the fact that Montgomery County now has confirmation of 24 cases of the B.117 variant. Residents and businesses are encouraged to check the COVID-19 Guidance page for the latest updates at https://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Guidance.
MontcoStrong 2021 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program: The Commissioners also reminded hospitality industry businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 that they can apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding through the MontcoStrong 2021 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. 209 applications have been received to date.
"Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis and the application window will remain open until grant funds are fully allocated," said Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr., Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. "We want to encourage everyone to take your time and allow enough time to fill out your application completely."
Montgomery County has received approximately $9.4 million in state funding to provide grants to eligible businesses. The eligibility, application requirements, and program design were all developed from Senate Bill 109 known as Act 1 of 2021. Grant awards will be in increments from $5,000 to $50,000. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of expenses incurred and paid during the eligible expense period. Applicants are encouraged to watch this video on the application process.
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Due to the limited supply of vaccine at this time, only people who qualify for Phase 1A will be given appointments. This includes people ages 65 and older and people ages 16-64 with specific underlying medical conditions known to be associated with severe cases of COVID-19. Appointment slots are limited and are available by reservation only. To learn more about the 1A criteria or pre-register for an appointment, visit www.montcopa.org/covid-19vaccine.
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