HOMEWOOD (KDKA) – An underserved community in Pittsburgh was the sight of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday.
UPMC has partnered with the Bethany Center in Homewood to photograph 500 people in the community.
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Similar clinics are planned for the future and the goal was to bring the vaccine to the community.
While it was once believed that the black community was reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, those in attendance were delighted with the shot.
“Better to get the vaccine and not get the disease than get the disease and die,” said Thelma Jackson of the North Side.
This was a partnership between UPMC and the Bethany Baptist Church Center in Homewood.
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Why does UPMC work with religious organizations?
“The community trusts their leaders and these members want everyone to be shot in the arm so they can have a vibrant community and thrive and live beyond COVID,” explained Dr. Steven Evans.
The response has been overwhelming, with 500 rounds in the arms and there is a demand for more.
“It’s electric,” said Rebecca Guillory Gilmore of Bethany Community Ministries. “People are facing this vaccination and they actually had a pre-registration that has overflowed.”
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Most of those present agreed – the shot didn’t hurt.