Philadelphia expands vaccine eligibility to people 65 and older

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 100,000 Philadelphians just became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The city has lowered the eligibility age from 75 and older to 65 and older.

Department of Public Health spokesperson Jim Garrow said the steady increase in the number of vaccine doses the city is receiving means it can offer shots to more people.

“People over the age of 65 have been at an increased risk of hospitalizing and dying from COVID-19, so it’s in the best interest of us — now that we have the ability through expanded access to the vaccine — to prioritize that age group,” he said.

That brings Philadelphia in line with the rest of the state.

There are 128,000 Philadelphians between the ages of 65 and 75, though some may already have qualified if they have certain underlying health conditions.

The city is also adding five new community-based vaccine clinics to administer shots, and it plans for a sixth. Like the four already operating, they require an appointment, which is offered after registering either online by calling 311.

Other providers, including pharmacies, hospitals and the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium’s walk-up clinics, will now accept people 65 and older.

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