Pa. partners with United Way to reduce vaccine hesitancy throughout neighborhoods

Written by on June 21, 2021

Pa. partners with United Way to reduce vaccine hesitancy throughout neighborhoods

By Ben Stemrich

June 21, 2021

More than 5 million Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated, including about half of Lehigh County according to state data.

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Now Gov. Tom Wolf and the United Way have started a pilot program aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy for those who are not. 

A $4 million pilot program nicknamed LIVE PA, designed to use local non profits to host vaccine sites, will begin to pop up in three Allentown zip codes: 18101, 18102, and 18105.

“Our big goal is to promote outreach and make sure that the community as a whole knows that there will be vaccine clinics popping up within your area specifically,” says Priscilla Rosado, assistant director of food access and emergency services at United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley. 

Organizations can apply now and would be reimbursed $10 for each shot distributed.

“Pennsylvania did a census track, and a data track and these were the three zip codes specifically that they pinpointed out that are in the most need, that have the most disparities,” Rosado says. 

Once the pilot period is over, the plan is to expand to cover the entire state.

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