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Vaccinate Patients Upon Discharging

Vaccinate Patients Upon Discharging

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is asking hospitals and urgent care facilities to administer COVID-19 Vaccine to patients upon discharging in emergency departments. Hospitals, ED, and UC facilities in the United States play an influential role in building confidence in and improving COVID-19 vaccine uptake, as healthcare providers are the most trusted source of health information.

Emergency departments serve as the primary, and at times only, health care access point for up to 20% of the US population, and urgent care clinics handle more than 29% of primary care visits in the country. We encourage hospitals to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts to all hospital departments, including postpartum discharges and patients being discharged to long-term care of rehabilitation facilities. Expanding COVID-19 vaccine availability via these locations also makes vaccine more accessible to patients.

We hope this helps push Philly towards reaching the national goal of 70% vaccination coverage by July 4th.

Click to learn more about CDC guidance regarding Vaccine Eligibility and Best Practices to determine if a patient should receive vaccine upon discharge.

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy from COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email vaccines@phila.gov.