PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The push is on to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination process. For anyone who doesn’t know where to look to find an appointment, here are some tips.
One of the best places to start is a Facebook page called PA COVID Vaccine Match Maker. Chester County doctor Christine Meyer started it last month, and already it has 55,000 followers.
"For me, from a medical perspective, I understand: We are literally in a race against these variants," Meyer said.
Meyer has some basic tips.
Sign up with your county health department
Sign up with your county health department, but realize they are just one of many providers. And they’re only getting a sliver of the vaccine supply which means it could be weeks before you hear from them.
Major health systems and pharmacies
If you are a patient of one of the major health systems, make sure you have your portal account set up.
If not, check the pharmacy providers. Meyer’s Facebook page has tips and tricks for each of the major providers, including CVS, Rite Aid and TopCo.
Check for your turn
Pennsylvania has a website called Your Turn, which will notify you when you are eligible. But registering with Your Turn does not sign you up for an appointment.
No internet access? Give them a call
The state department of health and the counties have phone numbers for people who don’t have internet access:
• Pennsylvania Department of Health: 877-724-3258
• Bucks County: 800-383-0371
• Chester County: 610-344-6225
• Delaware County: 484-276-2100
• Montgomery County: 833-875-3967
Call Dr. Meyer
And Meyer says people can email her or call her office in Exton (610-363-0100) to be paired up with a “finder,” a volunteer on her Facebook page who can help people locate appointments.
Hit up your representative
It can also help to reach out to your state representative or state senator. They often know local providers or know of vaccination clinics that are happening in your area.