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Philly works to get the word out on COVID vaccines

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Dr. Levine was two vaccination sites in Philadelphia as the city worked to administer doses before they expired Thursday afternoon.

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BRIAN TAFF: The big story on Action News this noon is the still urgent effort to convince Philadelphians to get that COVID-19 vaccine. Thousands of extra doses that were set to expire today have now been administered, but there's a lot left waiting for willing people.

SARAH BLOOMQUIST: And today, the doctor who helped steer Pennsylvania through much of this pandemic is back here at home, this time as a member of President Biden's administration.

BRIAN TAFF: Action News reporter Maggie Kent live now outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where Dr. Rachel Levine spent much of the morning,

Maggie, you've got the details.

MAGGIE KENT: Yes, Brian and Sarah. This is an exciting opportunity for a lot of people to get vaccinated here at the PEMA Convention Center. The idea here, walk up, walk right in. You do not need to be a city resident, but you can also work here in Philadelphia to be eligible. About 900 shots to expire at around this time today, but that was down from 4,000 just yesterday. People really stepped up and took heed of the call to come and get vaccinated.

CHANTE DOUGLAS: So that we can get back to some normalcy, because last year was a dumpster fire.

MAGGIE KENT: Chante Douglas wants to put that in the past, and so does everybody else heading into the Convention Center PEMA vaccination site. After getting word 4,000 Pfizer doses were marked with an expiration date of today, nearly 3,000 people came in to be vaccinated yesterday. In this morning's count, about 900 shots are left to be used by noon.

- I saw that there were 4,000 shots that are going to expire today so I thought that although I have an appointment next week for a second shot, it's three weeks for me, and I thought it would be better to have it today than go to waste.

MAGGIE KENT: In North Philadelphia, United States Assistant Secretary for Health and familiar face to Pennsylvanians, Dr. Rachel Levine, toured the Black Doctors Consortium site to thank Dr. Ala Stanford for her efforts to vaccinate historically underserved communities.

RACHEL LEVINE: Just such a fantastic example of how we're going to reach individuals in their communities with messages from people that they know and people that they trust.

MAGGIE KENT: And the idea behind that is to learn what's keeping hesitant people from getting vaccinated, to reach them with education and information that they'll need. Here in just about a half hour, actually, a little bit less, Dr. Rachel Levine will be joined by the mayor and, of course, representatives from PEMA as well to go through this site and see how everything is working here. We're live in Center City, Maggie Kent, Channel 6 Action News. Sarah?