October 24, 2021
Broke in Philly

COVID-19 Coverage

Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval, and mandates could be on the way


On Monday, Aug. 23, nine months after receiving emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Pfizer BioNTech two-shot COVID-19 vaccine became the first of three vaccines to get full approval for usage in the country.

Back in December 2020, the Pfizer vaccine was the first authorized by the FDA for emergency use to combat what was then a dire COVID-19 situation heading into Christmas. | From: AL DÍA (Read more.)

COVID-19 vaccine is free, but medical bills or fear of cost a barrier to vaccination for some


Martin Gola knew the COVID-19 vaccine was supposed to be free. So he was surprised when, in July, he received a $32 bill from Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, where he’d gotten the two-dose Moderna vaccine. A few days later came another bill, this one for $79.

The 59-year-old Philadelphia resident ignored the bills, but he got worried when weeks later Trinity Health, which owns Nazareth, called to collect on his overdue account. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)


Income and Wages





Philly overhauls selective admissions policy in bid to be antiracist

All students who qualify, based on criteria including their grades and attendance, will now be selected from a lottery, rather than giving principals the final say from among a larger pool of eligible students. For five of the city’s most selective schools, preference will be given to students from zip codes that historically have sent few students to them. | From: Chalkbeat Philadelphia (Read more.)

Community and Family

Philly School District and Big Brothers Big Sisters host first ever student Pride

In a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBS Independence), LGBTQ+ students got a chance to celebrate their identities at the district’s first youth Pride celebration on Sept. 23 at district headquarters. The event was open to all students district-wide, and drew about 150 people. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)


Community and Family

Odabu: A Space as Unique as it is Affirming

Odabu is a queer and trans-affirming space that offers barbering and a botanical product line. The space provides a one-of-a-kind experience to its patrons and sets up a space that lets people be vulnerable. It’s a space that allows queer people to exist outside of their safe-havens. | From: Germantown Info Hub (Read more.)


Civic and Community Engagement

Civic and Community Engagement

The woman in charge of leading DE&I efforts for the City of Philadelphia

Over the past five years, Nefertiri Sickout has been an integral part of the City of Philadelphia’s approach towards diversity, equity and inclusion. In May 2021, she was officially named chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, where she leads the Mayor’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She had been in an acting role since May 2020, following the retirement of Nolan Atkinson. | From: AL DÍA (Read more.)

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