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Vx Clinic

PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine and Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus will come together again Saturday with a coalition of religious and community leaders from West Philadelphia to hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 1,500 members of the local community. It’s the third clinic in the past month, which together have provided vaccination to more than 2,800 Philadelphians at community sites including a church, a recreation center, and a school.

Doses will be provided through Penn Medicine hospitals’ supply, and the site will be staffed by volunteers from Mercy Philadelphia, Penn Medicine, and various local churches. Appointments have been made available to residents of specific Philadelphia zip codes — 19104, 19131, 19139, 19142, 19143, 19151, 19153 — in the phase 1A and 1B priority groups outlined by the City of Philadelphia’s vaccination guidelines.

The clinic — part of an ongoing effort to get vaccines to members of underserved communities hit hardest by COVID-19 — is the third vaccination event planned in partnership with members of the local faith community. The first two events vaccinated over 550 and 750 community members, respectively.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine safety and distribution, and the importance of ensuring high-risk communities have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Mercy Penn Med Vax Clinic


The School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Media invited to attend from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


  • Phil Okala, chief operating officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • P.J. Brennan, MD, chief medical officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Chris Cullom, president, Mercy Catholic Medical Center
  • Sharon Carney, MD, chief clinical officer, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
  • Volunteers from local churches, Penn Medicine, and Mercy Philadelphia

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.9 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $496 million awarded in the 2020 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 44,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2020, Penn Medicine provided more than $563 million to benefit our community.

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