Hundreds of walk-up slots available in Philadelphia

On top of thousands of scheduled appointments at the Pennsylvania Convention Center vaccine site, hundreds of walk-up slots are available on Friday for eligible Philadelphians in Phases 1a, 1b, and 1C to get their first Pfizer dose, more tha

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- And when the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, eligibility was limited, appointments were hard to get but now organizers of FEMA's vaccine clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center say they have an unexpected amount of appointments available. ABC's Katherine Scott with the details on the race to fill those slots.

KATHERINE SCOTT: We're at the convention center site where there are hundreds of available walk-up appointments today, more than expected, so if you're eligible today is a good day to come.

- It went well, easy. Easier than I thought.

KATHERINE SCOTT: On top of thousands of scheduled appointments at the Pennsylvania Convention Center vaccine site, hundreds of walk-up slots are available today for eligible Philadelphians in phases 1A, 1B and 1C, to get their first Pfizer dose.

CHARLIE ELISON: The past few days it's been inclement weather, it's been a little bit colder so we've seen fewer folks trying to take advantage of those walk-up opportunities.

KATHERINE SCOTT: And when the doors opened this morning, lines were low. Today is a good day to come before eligibility expands to everyone, 16 and up, on Monday.

CHARLIE ELISON: The bottom line is, up until 5:00 PM we're doing walk-ups and we will not close our doors on anyone who's outside.

KATHERINE SCOTT: Now, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says people will likely need a third shot or booster dose of a COVID vaccine within 6 to 12 months of being fully vaccinated. And it's possible that people will need to get revaccinated each year.

CHRIS AGLESTA: It's not a surprise at all, and if that's what we have to do to stay safe that's what we have to do.

- It's not very surprising to me. I guess there is definitely concern with you know like anti-vax sentiment and sort of like what that's going to mean for the rest of the people in the city.

KATHERINE SCOTT: So would enough people do it?

TIM EASON: I think it's important for the community and to keep people safe, if that's what it takes, then willing to do it.

- I do what my doctor tells me to do.

KATHERINE SCOTT: The FEMA supported Esperanza site in Hunting Park is closed today, but they're back open tomorrow and they will have hundreds of walk-up appointments available. At the convention center, Katherine Scott, channel six, action news.