AHN, UPMC Team Up To Vaccinate At-Risk Communities

Two of Pittsburgh's largest healthcare providers, UPMC and Allegheny Health Network, teamed up on Saturday to help communities that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic get vaccinated. KDKA's Royce Jones has the story.

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- And two large-scale vaccine distributions this weekend aimed at getting shots into the arms of thousands. Royce Jones shares how two of our biggest health care providers are reaching people in communities among the hardest hit by the pandemic.

ROYCE JONES: The doses are being drawn up inside this pop up vaccination clinic by UPMC. They're planning on administering more than 1,000 doses at each of these 20 stations. This is just one of many efforts this weekend to meet people where they are. In each syringe, a shot at a normal life for those like Lewis Rash.

LEWIS RASH: I'm grateful and thankful for it.

ROYCE JONES: One of the 1500 plus people--

- [INAUDIBLE], how are you?

ROYCE JONES: --ushered into this vaccine clinic hosted by Allegheny Health Network at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Larimer.

MARGARET LARKINS-PETTIGREW: This is generational. We want to make sure that our legacy continues. And in the underrepresented minority, especially the Black communities, we have been hit very, very hard.

ROYCE JONES: UPMC hosting a similar clinic at Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg. Separate providers, same day, same purpose. Bringing vaccine to underserved communities and underrepresented groups, disproportionately impacted by COVID.

- Wilkinsburg is among the many segregated neighborhoods that have experienced higher rates of COVID throughout this pandemic. It's incredibly important that we bring vaccines to neighborhoods.

ROYCE JONES: Both health care providers are furthering their reach by designating a percentage of their vaccine share for marginalized groups, while others--

- I ain't trusting in the shot, I'm trusting in God. That he's going to help me and use my brains to know that science is a part of what he has created.

ROYCE JONES: --are doing their part through encouragement. I'm Royce Jones, KDKA News.