Apr. 22—Pittsburgh Mercy just received enough vaccine supply to offer free doses to several hundred people this weekend at its clinic on Pittsburgh's South Side, officials announced Wednesday.
Appointments can be made via Pittsburgh Mercy's website, and no insurance is required.
Vaccine doses will be distributed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Workers will be providing the first dose of the two-dose Moderna vaccine. Recipients will be guaranteed a second dose when they return about 28 days later.
At Saturday's clinic, only those 18 and older can receive doses. Masks will be required and wait times are expected to be minimal.
Those who want an appointment for the free Moderna doses are encouraged to do so online. For more information or help doing so, call Pittsburgh Mercy at 412-918-0631.
The South Side clinic is on the second floor of the building at 249 S. Ninth St.
The free clinic follows efforts on several fronts by Pittsburgh Mercy to do its part in getting vaccines to the broader community, including the uninsured and underinsured. The organization also has been doing education-oriented work to prepare people for the vaccine and its benefits since November.
"We just want to help get as many people vaccinated as possible," Pittsburgh Mercy spokeswoman Linda Ross said.
Pittsburgh Mercy is a community-based physical and behavioral health provider. Its work spans a range of services, including support for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, housing assistance, homeless outreach, job training and other services.
As of this week, Pittsburgh Mercy has doled out nearly 10,000 vaccines, including community members as well as about 65% of its 1,200 employees, according to Ross.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, email@example.com or via Twitter .