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Communities can’t solve Philadelphia’s inequitable vaccine rollout alone

Our experience reveals that getting people vaccinated — doing the education and outreach necessary to even get people signed up— requires a lot of time and labor, especially in communities of color.

But in Philadelphia, the individuals and organizations doing the work are doing it for free without any funding from the city for outreach. The data on who’s and where’s getting the vaccine the fastest reveals a public cost to this ad-hoc strategy: a chasm that affects communities of color across the city and region. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

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How FQHCs juggle staff, space issues with vaccine demand

Federally qualified health centers are uniquely well positioned to vaccinate underserved communities and those most vulnerable to COVID-19. They provide primary care to millions of people across the United States, and the majority of their patients live at or below the federal poverty line. Yet on the ground, employees at federally qualified health centers in Philadelphia say the demand for vaccines in the communities they serve far outstrips the space, staffing, and overall infrastructure available to get shots in arms at scale. (Read more.)

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Los residentes dicen que no había que llegar a esto, si la ciudad hubiera invertido en la comunidad de Kensington cuatro años antes.

As recently as late February, the five Philly ZIP codes with the lowest median income were also the least vaccinated. As of March 22, that’s no longer the case, according to a Billy Penn analysis of city data. The change shows progress in the concerted effort to address under-vaccination in certain pockets. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)