PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Millions of people in our region have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccine eligibility has been expanded in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Here’s what you need to know about vaccine eligibility and distribution sites.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE PAUSE

On Tuesday, April 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration recommended that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine over six reported US cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot.

The six reported cases were among more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered in the United States.

All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination, according to a joint statement on Tuesday from Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Several Philadelphia-area vaccination sites have temporarily closed or are affected by the J&J vaccine pause, including clinics in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Camden County and Gloucester County that primarily distributed the J&J vaccine. Find out more information about which clinics are affected here.

CAN’T GET A VACCINE APPOINTMENT YET?

Here are some other sites that are helping the public connect with vaccine appointments.

CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens and independent pharmacies are scheduling limited vaccine appointments in select locations based on local eligibility guidelines. Register on their websites.

PENNSYLVANIA

All Pennsylvanians 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, including Philadelphia residents.

“The month of April is a critical turning point in this pandemic,” Pennsylvania Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said.

The acting health secretary said the accelerated vaccine rollout in Pennsylvania was a reflection of supply now out-pacing demand in many locations.

“So far, more than 39% of the state’s population has received at least one dose. Over the past seven days, providers in Pennsylvania have administered an average of 87,000 doses per day,” Beam said.

The state also unveiled a new mobile vaccine unit that will travel to mainly underserved communities, aiming to reverse vaccine hesitancy.

Find a vaccine provider to schedule an appointment here.

In Philadelphia, all residents 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  The city announced Friday it would move to Phase 2 of its vaccination rollout on April 19, in accordance with President Joe Biden’s directive. 

The COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia is one of 20-plus sites already in the city. The site is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the capacity to vaccinate up to 6,000 Philadelphians daily. Residents must sign up here. The Pfizer vaccine being used at the mass vaccination site comes from a federal allotment, which allows the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to continue using the city’s own vaccine allotment at other sites. The site will be open until April 30, 2021.  For transportation options, including parking, SEPTA and rideshare options, click here.

Other mass vaccination sites to recently open include the Simon Gratz High School Mastery Charter school, the Grand Yesha Ballroom clinic, Edward O’Malley Athletic Association In South Philly, Mount Airy Church of Christ, the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein German Club in Torresdale, and at the Salvation Army in West Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has a COVID-19 Call Center available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 215-685-5488.

To register in Philadelphia for a vaccine appointment, click here.

Montgomery County established several vaccination sites, including the Montgomery County Community College, Norristown Area High School.

Delaware County residents can register for a vaccine here.  Some Delaware County school districts are holding vaccine clinics for high school students.

Chester County residents can register for a vaccine here.

These providers will be administering the vaccine when it becomes available to more people, as well as local and county sites.

Retail pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens, will also be administering the vaccine.

For individual county sites and procedures, visit your county’s health department website.

 

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey began distributing the vaccine in mid-December with a goal to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population, 4.7 million people, within six months.

On April 19, all New Jersey residents ages 16 and older will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

On April 5, eligibility expanded to include additional essential workers, individuals age 55+, and individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Register for the vaccine here.

The vaccine is being distributed in hospitals as well as county sites and retail pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens.

The following mega-sites will serve as hubs for priority groups:

  • Atlantic County: Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Bergen County: Racetrack at Meadowlands, East Rutherford
  • Burlington County: Moorestown Mall
  • Gloucester County: Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell
  • Middlesex County: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison
  • Morris County: Rockaway Townsquare

For individual county sites and procedures, visit your county’s health department website.

 

DELAWARE

Everyone over the age of 16 years old is able to register for the vaccine starting on April 6.

Delaware joins a dozen other states in opening vaccine registration to everyone.

State officials say registration will be open to everyone, but that doesn’t mean vaccines will be immediately available.

Register for the vaccine here.

The Delaware Division of Public Health has set up a vaccine call center to provide more information about distribution: 1-833-643-1715.

For individual county sites and procedures, visit your county’s health department website.