Philly health officials prepare for COVID-19 vaccine distribution


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the country awaits FDA approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, Philadelphia health officials are already preparing for the gargantuan task of distributing it to the city’s legion of health care workers and, as more becomes available, the rest of the city.

Philadelphia is one of only five cities in the CDC’s jurisdictional plan for vaccine distribution and was the only one in a pilot to help other members develop their plans.

“We brought a different perspective about what you had to think of in an urban area,” said Deputy Health Commissioner Caroline Johnson in a recent interview. “One has to do with the need to serve diverse communities and that the messaging will not be the same for every community and the willingness to take a vaccine may be different across communities.”