To date, BCM has coordinated the facilitation of 33 Covid-19 vaccination clinics and supported the administration of 2,247 Covid-19 vaccinations, many of which were delivered on site in senior congregate housing facilities throughout Allegheny County. Additionally, BCM was able to facilitate 12 Influenza clinics prior to switching over to Covid-19 clinics where BCM also addressed food insecurity. The aim of the Senior Care Coordination program is to address the medical and nonmedical gaps that exist within the vulnerable population of Black and Brown seniors who reside in congregate housing. However, given the latest statistics with regards to vaccine reluctance among the youth and the overall low vaccination rates among this population in Black and Brown communities, BCM believes it now time to again pivot our focus on outreach and vaccination education to counteract the misinformation and support the increase of COVID-19 vaccinations.
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Juneteenth Vaccination Program
We are pleased to announce that in an unprecedented show of medical solidarity and out of sincere community concern, UPMC, Gateway Health, Highmark and AHN will be conducting COVID Vaccinations Programs during the WPA Juneteenth Celebration and Pittsburgh Black Music Fest, June 18-20 and June 24-27, in Downtown Pittsburgh, inside the Juneteenth Minority Vendors Plaza on Liberty ave and New Penn ave, between Stanwix and Commonwealth Place, daily from 11am to 7pm.
In an attempt to help the medically under served communities throughout Western Pennsylvania these medical institutions have joined together to administer daily COVID vaccination shots that specifically target the African American population.
While U.S. President Joe Biden has targeted the 4th of July as a date for American gatherings, Black communities all across the country recognizes Juneteenth as their Independence Day from American enslavement; during the establishment of the 4th of July in 1776, Black people were keep in bondage and did not gain their Independence and Freedom until 1865.
It is Stop The Violence Pittsburgh’s organizational objective to have African American gatherings in Western Pennsylvania during the Juneteenth Freedom Days celebration; because We Can’t Wait-Juneteenth is Our Date!
For more information on the Juneteenth COVID Vaccination Program please contact UPMC, AHN, Highmark and Gateway PR Officials
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Elaine B. Jenkins RN, PN, CCN is a Licensed Professional Registered Nurse, Commissioned Parish Nurse and Certified Community Nurse. Elaine is a patient advocate and well qualified life coach.
She has always pursued the leadership role in her profession and secular careers. She possesses many awards and recognition for her untiring work in the community. Her leadership skills have been paramount!