On Monday, the U.S. opened the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to anyone 16 or older, following suit with states that had done so in the last few weeks.
Philadelphia jumped on the train last week, and has since been offering walk-up appointments at its FEMA clinics at the Convention Center and the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center, plus appointments across 270 sites in the city.
As of last week, you can also now directly set up an appointment through the City of Philadelphia for the COVID-19 vaccine versus being contacted by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Check out a list of dates, locations and available appointments here for the rest of the month. This weekend, for instance, you can go get a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Esperanza on Saturday or Sunday. Hundreds of appointments are still available.
Plus, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is running a walk-up event, the Philly Vax Jawn, at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Founder and director Dr. Ala Stanford encourages folks to come get vaccinated while they enjoy some live music. Plus — the event is offering free rides to and from with Uber up to $25 with the code 10MVBDC.
“We especially want to get our Black and brown communities,” she said. “If you are breathing and you haven’t been vaccinated, you need to come out.”
#blackdoctorscovid19consortium @PhiladelphiaGov @wdasfm @power99philly @dellmusiccenter @djgaryo215 for #PhillyVaxJawn Sat, 4-24, 9a- 4p @dellmusiccenter #Philly Free #Uber
NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY! ALL WELCOME
Moderna Must be 18+ years! #ACCESS #ADVOCACY #EMPATHY #ACTION pic.twitter.com/AomHAqBkWu
— Ala Stanford MD (@alastanford) April 21, 2021
And while sometimes Twitter can be a dumpster fire of a place, there’s been nothing making this reporter happier in recent weeks than seeing people share their vaccine experiences. Let’s run toward herd immunity, ya’ll!
— Kristian Lum (@KLdivergence) April 19, 2021
This jawn hits different, some may say.
And a lovely reminder to thank the medical staff who have been putting shots in arms for months now.
— Mr. Friday (@realigorisakov) April 22, 2021
Even video game villains are no match to the feeling of relief after that second dose is down.
COVID trying to step to me but I got my 2nd vaccine shot just now: pic.twitter.com/6qwQTopmYe
— InquisitiveRaven (@InquisitiveRav) April 23, 2021
If Gritty’s on board, then I’m on board.
Such a welcomed visit from @NHLFlyers It feels good to be supported by our hometown. Thank you for the 10K. It will allow us to continue our work & further our reach. #blackdoctorscovid19consortium #Itookmyshot #Takeyourshot #Philly pic.twitter.com/IClKUPhFEQ
— Ala Stanford MD (@alastanford) April 22, 2021
Someone who works for the health department is clearly a TikToker.
Waking up in the morning thinking about so many things. #VaxUpPhilly
— Philadelphia Public Health (@PHLPublicHealth) April 22, 2021
Other things we like to see:
I get to get vaccine shot #1 on Sunday and I want to cry happy tears!
We all have a new normal to adjust to, but this is the first step towards that.
— [oS]Jen Fleek Dalton (@OnFleekEasy) April 16, 2021
My arm is riddled with Moderna.
— Kristen Fitch (@switchfitch) April 6, 2021
I know my bubble doesn’t represent everyone, but I have to say the vast majority of people I’ve spoken with are excited / relieved to get the vaccine, and it’s just so nice to see widespread acceptance of science & solidarity about getting the world back on track. 💫
— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) April 16, 2021
And hey, if you’re still getting calls and emails from the city, but you’ve already got your shots, Director of Innovation Eliza Pollack has some advice on what to do:
hey philly! if you've already been vaxxed or have an appointment scheduled somewhere, you can stop the @PHLPublicHealth emails by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the (way) bottom of the email, & call 215.685.5488 to opt out of calls!
— Eliza Pollack (@elizaPHL) April 19, 2021