As the COVID-19 vaccine became available in late 2020 and early 2021, it became evident that many Montgomery County residents would either be unable to visit the large, County-run, brick-and-mortar vaccine distribution clinics or needed expedited access to the vaccine before these clinics came online. The Department of Public Safety's Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) Team was therefore empowered with the essential mission of bringing the life-saving vaccine to three groups: the County's most vulnerable residents, the homebound, and first responders. Since December 28, 2020, the team has administered over 12,000 doses.
Mobile Vaccine Clinic Program: MIH staff meet residents at times and locations that are convenient for them: in the temporary housing encampments of Pottstown and Norristown, in shelters, in affordable living and congregate care settings, and at community events and food kitchens. MIH has partnered with trusted organizations and agencies to build sustainable relationships and works to reduce the negative consequences of the circumstances and inaccessibility that are a result of the social determinants of health.
Homebound Vaccination Program: MIH continues to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Montgomery County residents who are homebound and need assistance in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
First Responder Vaccination Program: Understanding that the relationship between communities and the first responders who serve them is symbiotic, MIH partnered with fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies to bring expedited access to the COVID-19 and flu vaccines to first responders. We cannot fully protect the community without protecting those who serve the community.