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.
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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, excellence in patient care, and community service. The organization consists of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Penn’s Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school.
The Perelman School of Medicine is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $550 million awarded in the 2022 fiscal year. Home to a proud history of “firsts” in medicine, Penn Medicine teams have pioneered discoveries and innovations that have shaped modern medicine, including recent breakthroughs such as CAR T cell therapy for cancer and the mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities stretch from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to the New Jersey shore. These include the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, 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.
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