Pa. launches COVID-19 mobile vaccination and education program

Written by on April 13, 2021

Pa. launches COVID-19 mobile vaccination and education program

By Julia Agos

April 13, 2021

Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

The Wolf administration is launching the state’s first COVID-19 mobile vaccination and education program.

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It’s part of an effort to equitably distribute shots and address vaccine hesitancy and will travel to minority communities in 66 counties. The state does not have jurisdiction over vaccine distribution in Philadelphia.

They’ll offer vaccine literature in English, Spanish, and other languages to demonstrate the shots safety and efficacy.

Acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam says it’s an extension of the mobile testing initiative started last summer.

“Similar to the testing initiative, the vaccination tour stops will be in minority and underserved communities who otherwise may have not had access to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This speaks to the department’s efforts to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for all,” Beam says.  

The program is part of a partnership between Latino Connection, Highmark Blue Shield and Penn State Health.

Latino Connection Founder George Fernandez says it’s part of an effort to address the disproportionate effects  COVID-19 had had on minority communities.

“The milestone we mark here is that these vaccinations are now being delivered into the heart of communities where they are most needed,” Fernandez says. 

The unit plans to make at least 120 stops in the coming months. 

The move comes as vaccine eligibility expands today (April 13)  to all Pennsylvanians aged 16 and older.

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