The gist: A second vaccination site run by FEMA will open next week at Esperanza Academy Charter High School in North Philadelphia, and will deliver between 1,500 and 2,500 vaccinations per day, city officials announced Monday. Emergency department visits dropped by more than a third when the pandemic started to hit the region last year, and they still have not recovered fully.
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🏥 Medical providers are still struggling to convince some workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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A second vaccination site run by FEMA will open next week at Esperanza Academy Charter High School in the Franklinville section of North Philadelphia, and will deliver between 1,500 and 2,500 vaccinations per day, city officials announced Monday. “This new vaccination center is particularly important because it will allow us to better reach under-vaccinated populations, particularly residents of color in Franklinville and surrounding communities,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release. Read more here.
When COVID-19 infections hit the region last spring, emergency department visits dropped by more than a third, and they still have not recovered fully. Experts worry how many of these lost visits were from people who are postponing medical attention due to fear of the coronavirus, leading to worsening illnesses or even death. Read more here about the impact of COVID-19 on ER visits at area hospitals.
Am I eligible to get vaccinated? Know the requirements for Philly, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
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You got this: Buy pound cake for Easter
Pound cake is a holiday tradition for many people, leading to lines out the doors of bakeries across the region every Easter. If you’re still looking to pick up pound cake for your family, there are numerous places in the region still taking preorders. Here is a list of bakeries that also have walk-up options through at least Saturday, and a few that are open on Easter Sunday, too.
🏠 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a national ban on evictions that was set to expire March 31. Check out our guide to tenants’ rights in Philadelphia.
🎭 The Kimmel Center plans to reopen this fall with Hamilton, and major arts groups back on stage. Read more here about what shows may be coming to Philadelphia.
🎥 The Godzilla vs. Kong director is hoping his monster smackdown is the catharsis we could use right now
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