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April 12, 2021 - HARRISBURG, PA

Department of Health Partners with Community Groups for Mobile
Response on COVID-19 Vaccinations, Education to Minority and Underserved Communities

Pennsylvania Department of Health hosted a press conference to announce a partnership with Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, to launch the first statewide COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic tour to provide vaccinations and education targeting minority and underserved communities.

"The department has worked across state agencies and with external partners, including Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, to identify vulnerable populations for whom receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is especially critical," Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. "This partnership is another successful example of our health equity efforts to ensure Pennsylvanians, no matter where they live or what language they speak, will have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. It also will help combat vaccine hesitancy, as trusted nurses will be able to provide patients with factual, take-home educational materials about the COVID-19 vaccines."

Latino Connection will use mobile units to conduct a statewide vaccination and education tour. One unit, called CATE (Community-Accessible Testing & Education) was used in fall 2020 for a mobile COVID-19 testing tour. All units are equipped to conduct COVID-19 vaccinations on-site through a mobile vehicle while educating the public on how to stay healthy and safe. This is the first statewide dedicated vaccine mobile clinic in Pennsylvania.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Beacon Clinic CRNP Kelli Ann Moore administers a Johnson and Johnson vaccine to Harrisburg resident Thermon E. Spence Sr., prior to a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Wolfs Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Executive Director Luz Colon stands during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Susquehanna Township resident Alma Riley gives a thumbs up as Beacon Clinic RN Paula Green administers a Johnson and Johnson vaccine, prior to a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Highmark Blue Shield Medical Policy Research Analyst Dr. Oralia Dominic speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Beacon Clinic RN Paula Green prepares a Johnson and Johnson vaccine to administer to Joe Fortini, of Lower Paxton, prior to a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Highmark Blue Shield Medical Policy Research Analyst Dr. Oralia Dominic speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Penn State Health System clinician Dr. Sarah Ramirez speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Independence Blue Cross Foundation President Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Wolfs Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Executive Director Luz Colon, right, receives a vaccine from Penn State Health System clinician Dr. Sarah Ramirez following a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Latino Connection Founder & CEO George Fernandez speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Wolfs Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Executive Director Luz Colon speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Independence Blue Cross Foundation President Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18675_DOH_Beacon_Clinic_NK_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Latino Connection Founder & CEO George Fernandez speaks during a press conference, which discussed an upcoming COVID-19 mobile response vaccination tour to provide vaccinations and education to minority and underserved communities across the commonwealth, outside of Beacon Clinic in Harrisburg on Monday, April 12, 2021.