PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s Department of Health is set to open its third COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday. It will open at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia.
On Thursday, Eyewitness News was at the Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School on Erie Avenue in Juniata Park as the city opened its second clinic.READ MORE: Police: 9-Year-Old Boy Shot When Gunman Fires Into Olney Home
All three are aimed at giving access to the vaccine to people living in traditionally underserved neighborhoods.READ MORE: Byron McDonald II Suspected In Killing 2-Year-Old Son's Mother, Grandmother, Police Say
“Black and brown communities in our city have been underserved and are affected by this virus more than other communities,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. “They die at higher rates. They’re infected at higher rates. We have to get into these communities to get people vaccinated.”
Ultimately, all three Department of Health clinics will be open twice a week, once for first doses and once for second doses.MORE NEWS: Buena Community Rallies To Save Suspended Landisville Volunteer Fire Company From Permanent Shutdown
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley tells Eyewitness News that a FEMA-run vaccination center will open next week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be staffed by a 2220-military member team coming to Philadelphia.