The Federal Emergency Management Agency has established the first federal vaccination clinic in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
“I cannot overstate how appreciative the City of Philadelphia is to the Federal Government in selecting our city to host one of FEMA’s mass vaccination clinics.” Mayor Kenney said.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas spoke with city officials Tuesday to see six-thousand essential city employees vaccinated Tuesday.
Mayorkas focused on equity and that Philadelphia has underserved communities that need to and will be vaccinated.
“Because your economic status, your race, your ethnicity, your access to transportation or your immigration status should not impact whether you are able to receive a vaccine” Mayorkas said.
The city expects to vaccinate around six-thousand people every day in the 1A and 1B groups in Philadelphia.
The site is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Support has come in from uniformed military and the US army is working alongside FEMA.
This site is part of a ten city pilot program. FEMA has established the first federal sites in six cities. The government will reevaluate in eight weeks to see if it will expand any further.
Philadelphia residents must register online in order to receive a vaccine and if they do not qualify they will be turned away.
Mayor Kenney says to check your conscience before signing up for a vaccine, and also says if you get vaccinated and do not qualify, you are taking a vaccine from someone who may die from the virus.
“Last week we passed 50 million doses and we did that together and that important work continues today” Mayorkas said.