Mercy Philadelphia and Penn Medicine Partner with West Philadelphia Faith Community to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) | Mercy Philadelphia and Penn Medicine partner with faith community

Philadelphia Campus will come together with a coalition of religious and community leaders from Southwest Philadelphia to hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for 500 parishioners from the local faith community on Saturday, February 13 at the Church of Christian Compassion. Appointments will be available to individuals in the phase 1b priority group outlined by the City of Philadelphia’s vaccination guidelines. The event is the first of three planned vaccination events in partnership with the local faith community. Individuals who receive shots at each clinic will return to the same site to receive their second vaccination a month later.


“We want to get COVID-19 vaccines to especially hard-hit areas of our city to ensure protection for the residents who need it most,” said P.J. Brennan, MD, chief medical officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “By partnering with West Philadelphia faith leaders whose organizations have such strong foundations in the neighborhoods they serve, we hope to join forces to build trust and provide resources to keep as many people as possible safe from the virus.”


“We are proud to partner with Penn Medicine and the local faith community to bring vaccination opportunities directly to our West Philadelphia neighbors,” said Chris Cullom, president of Mercy Catholic Medical Center. “We at Mercy Catholic Medical Center are committed to serving our communities and instilling vaccine confidence in our neighborhoods. It is our mission to serve as a healing presence in this community and we are thrilled to collaborate with local faith leaders and Penn to work toward this goal.” 


The initial clinic will provide 500 doses of the vaccine from Penn Medicine hospitals’ vaccine supply to residents who register in advance via a Penn Medicine text-based platform or phone call. Participating religious organizations will provide information about that process to their own members. Interested participants must register in advance. Walk-up appointments will not be available.