Pittsburgh competition organizers elevating consciousness of COVID-19 vaccine in neighborhood – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Organizers of a festival in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood are working to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine and they’re even offering it to people who are interested on the spot.

The Harambe Festival, named after a Swahili word meaning “all pull together,” is a neighborhood event featuring food from local restaurants, items from local artists and events for families. Organizers said they’re urging people in marginalized communities who may have reservations about the vaccine to ask questions and get it right away if they want it.

“We’re seeing people but we’re still seeing the vaccine hesitancy. So many people don’t want to get it. They say they’re afraid of it and all kind of reasons why they don’t want to get the vaccine. I always say if we can get one vaccine for one person, that’s one rather than zero,” said Elaine Jenkins with Bethany Care Ministries.

There are more clinics that will pop up at events around the region later this summer.

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