TL;DR: A new COVID-19 vaccination “mega site” opened Monday in South Jersey, but state officials remain frustrated with a lag in supplies. Philadelphia data show that most of those vaccinated against COVID-19 in the city are white. Here’s what the city is doing to change that.
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A newly opened vaccination “mega site” in South Jersey, set up in the college center on the campus of Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell, is staffed to vaccinate about 1,000 people per week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. But he expressed frustration with the federal government’s lag in supplying enough doses, saying the Gloucester County site could serve more than 2,400 people a day if fully supplied. Only health workers, residents of long-term care homes, police, and firefighters are cleared to receive the vaccination so far. The state also added a dashboard to its COVID-19 website where people can track vaccine distribution.
As the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine ramps up across the country, Philadelphia data show that most of those vaccinated in the city are white, a trend reflected statewide. City officials said Wednesday that of the 28,476 people who have been immunized at city health facilities, 43% were white, 12% were Black, 10% were Asian American, and 10% reported their race as “other.” For the rest, race was unknown. Philadelphia hospitals and health officials say they are working hard to get more residents of color vaccinated, especially because people of color are more likely to contract the virus and suffer serious complications. Here’s how.
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