Penn Medicine and Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus came together with a coalition of religious and community leaders from Southwest Philadelphia to hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 500 parishioners from the local faith community on Saturday, February 13 at the Church of Christian Compassion. Appointments will be available to individuals in the phase 1b priority group outlined by the City of Philadelphia’s vaccination guidelines. The event is the first of three planned vaccination events in partnership with the local faith community. Individuals who receive shots at each clinic will return to the same site to receive their second vaccination a month later.
“We want to get COVID-19 vaccines to especially hard-hit areas of our city to ensure protection for the residents who need it most,” said P.J. Brennan, MD, chief medical officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “By partnering with West Philadelphia faith leaders whose organizations have such strong foundations in the neighborhoods they serve, we hope to join forces to build trust and provide resources to keep as many people as possible safe from the virus.”
“We are proud to partner with Penn Medicine and the local faith community to bring vaccination opportunities directly to our West Philadelphia neighbors,” said Chris Cullom, president of Mercy Catholic Medical Center. “We at Mercy Catholic Medical Center are committed to serving our communities and instilling vaccine confidence in our neighborhoods. It is our mission to serve as a healing presence in this community and we are thrilled to collaborate with local faith leaders and Penn to work toward this goal.”
The initial clinic provided 500 doses of the vaccine from Penn Medicine hospitals’ vaccine supply to residents who register in advance via a Penn Medicine text-based platform or phone call. Participating religious organizations will provide information about that process to their own members. Interested participants must register in advance. Walk-up appointments will not be available.
About Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.6 billion enterprise.
About Mercy Catholic Medical Center
With over 100 years of service to its communities, Mercy Catholic Medical Center is guided by its Catholic-health core values of reverence, stewardship, integrity, justice and commitment to the underserved. Mercy Catholic Medical Center is a two-campus community teaching hospital that offers a full array of acute-care services and health programs to promote the physical and spiritual well-being of its patients. With 183 beds, Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus is located in Darby, Pa., and with 157 beds, Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus is located in West Philadelphia. Both campuses are certified Primary Stroke Centers. Mercy Catholic Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiovascular care, emergency care, the nationally accredited Mercy Cancer Center affiliated with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson, a NAPBC accredited breast health program, orthopedic care, advanced diagnostic and interventional radiology, physical rehabilitation, wound care and community outreach programs.
About Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pa.; Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus in West Philadelphia; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., and home health and LIFE programs throughout the region. These entities include hospitals, associated clinics, medical offices, specialized facilities, affiliated institutions and foundations serving together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within their communities. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health.