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COVID-19 Updates
 
Posted on Wednesday January 19, 2022
 
Free COVID tests - one kit per household; Montgomery County hospitals ask that you do NOT go to Emergency Rooms for a COVID test.
 

January 19, 2022:
* COVID-19 Antigen Tests available - one free kit per household (kit consists of 4 tests).  Register for your kit today: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

NORRISTOWN, PA – Montgomery County officials today joined with area hospital leadership to provide an update on the current COVID-19 surge. The County is experiencing a strain on its hospital systems due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant.

During a virtual briefing, leaders stressed that residents should not come to the emergency room for COVID-19 testing, only for medical emergencies. 

PCR COVID-19 TESTING – Montgomery County Office of Public Health has expanded testing capacity at its five County-run testing sites. The county has added more than 1,500 weekly appointments to accommodate increased demand. Testing is provided at no cost, but appointments are required. To see a list of all area community-based testing sites, visit HHS.gov.

ANTIGEN (AT-HOME) TESTING – Montgomery County Office of Public Health recommends that at-home tests should only be used if individuals are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Some at-home tests may not detect the virus if individuals do not have symptoms even if you do have a COVID-19 infection. It is recommended to use at-home tests if you are feeling sick (like a scratchy throat, cough, or fever) and need to know if it is COVID-19 or something else. Keep in mind that at-home tests can be different from one another. Be sure to carefully read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions for performing the test. For more details, or to report a positive at-home test, Montgomery County residents are encouraged to visit www.montcopa.org/AtHomeTesting

COVID-19 VACCINES – The Montgomery County Office of Public Health continues to operate four sites that offer the vaccine at no charge. Residents can also visit www.vaccines.gov for a list of all vaccine providers.

For the full County press release, click here.



NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Office of Public Health is now scheduling appointments for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine following FDA and CDC recommendation.

Children ages 5-11 have been authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. Moderna and J&J vaccines are still being evaluated for this age group. Any COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is subject to the very same multi-step testing and approval process as all other COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 vaccines - including those routinely recommended for childhood vaccination. For the latest information on approval, visit the CDC website.

Vaccine appointments can be made online at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine or by calling (833) 875-3967 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Appointments will begin Thursday, November 4. Appointments are required, and there is no cost to receive the vaccine. Appointments are open to children who live or go to school in Montgomery County, PA.

All minors (under age 18) seeking to get vaccinated at a Montgomery County clinic must either be physically accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or an authorized substitute. For more guidance on this, click here and scroll to the 'Getting vaccinated as a minor in Montco' heading.


10/25/2021
NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Office of Public Health is now scheduling booster shots for the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J (Jansen) COVID-19 vaccines following FDA and CDC approval for people who meet the eligibility criteria. 

Pfizer & Moderna
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot 6 months after their initial series:

Individuals who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as their primary COVID-19 series must wait at least six calendar months (not 180 days) to receive a booster dose. The booster dose can be either the Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J vaccine. Anyone who received the Pfizer or Moderna series must meet the high risk criteria outlined above to receive a booster shot. Individuals will sign a self-attestation form during their appointment to confirm they meet these criteria.

Johnson & Johnson
People 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson single shot COVID-19 vaccine must wait at least two calendar months (not 8 weeks) to receive a booster dose. The booster dose can be either the Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J vaccine.

Registration Information
Booster appointments can be made online at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19vaccine or by calling (833) 875-3967 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 p.m. Appointments will begin Monday, October 25. Due to recent guidance, anyone requesting a booster will be able to choose which vaccine they want when they arrive onsite for their appointment. All three COVID-19 vaccines are offered at all Montgomery County Vaccination Clinics. There is no cost to receive the vaccine. 

The County operates four COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the following locations:

Bethel Community Church of Pottstown, 575 North Keim Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

  • Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Human Services Center (First Floor, Community Room), 1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19401

  • Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

King of Prussia Mall at the Court (Third Floor, former Thomasville Furniture) 640 W. Dekalb Pike, Suite 3010, King of Prussia, PA 19406

  • Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Fridays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Willow Grove Parkside Shopping Center (former Petco) 2522 West Moreland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

  • Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Fridays 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Can’t find a time or location that works for you? Visit vaccines.gov for a comprehensive collection of clinics in our area, from all providers.  

For general COVID-19 questions or to register for the vaccine by phone, call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. The hotline is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 am. to 4:30 pm. General questions can also be emailed to [email protected].

Residents attending a County-run clinic for a booster dose of Pfizer must bring their CDC vaccination card or a picture of their card on their phone. If they have lost their vaccination card, they should call one of our three health centers for assistance:

 
 
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