December 5, 2021
Broke in Philly

COVID-19 Coverage

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

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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

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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.)

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Inflation hits families ahead of holiday season

Amid an economic recovery that’s slowed after a summer boom, prices have been rising rapidly. The Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average change in prices, showed the cost of goods rising by 6.2% between October 2020 to October 2021, with energy and used car prices going up most. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

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Civic and Community Engagement

Pizza with a mission: Inside the hot Philly restaurant fighting recidivism

In mid-September, Philadelphia’s Down North Pizza won praise for being one of the best restaurants in the country from Bon Appétit Magazine and Good Morning America. Executive chef Michael Carter was featured prominently, dishing up Detroit-style pizza and talking about the restaurant’s mission to staff the operation with only formerly incarcerated people. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Kenney administration hired no high-level Hispanic staff and fewer Black executives last year, city controller analysis finds

“The Kenney administration will continue efforts to increase diverse recruitment and hiring, and implement new strategies to ensure equitable processes,” Lessard told Billy Penn. “Going forward, attention will be more focused on diverse recruitment efforts, particularly with respect to Black employees and Hispanic employees.” | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)

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Philly nonprofits to host major tree-planting project this weekend

Earlier this month, the start of a major tree-planting project coordinated by Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership supported by the Arbor Day Foundation kicked off. As the world’s largest nonprofit tree-planting organization, Arbor Day linked up with the two nonprofits to plant 200 trees along the Pennypack Creek. The project was in full swing last weekend and will continue into this Saturday, Oct. 23. | From: Metro Philly (Read more.)

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