McClinton announces $50,000 to help ACHIEVEability connect West Philly with the COVID-19 Vaccine

Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that a $50,000 state grant is going to help the nonprofit ACHIEVEability connect people in West Philadelphia with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“With a significant increase in COVID-19 cases along with the spread of new variants, it is critical now more than ever to secure resources like this to get more people in our neighborhoods vaccinated,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “We are extremely fortunate to have groups like ACHIEVEability who are fighting to make sure our neighbors have the facts and understand the vaccine is our best defense against this pandemic.”

These dollars – which are part of the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program -- will support the organization’s Vax Up, West Philly initiative by providing them funding to educate their community, address hesitancy concerns and pinpoint local places administering the vaccine.

“There’s no question this pandemic has disproportionately impacted our Black and Brown neighborhoods,” said Jamila Harris-Morrison, executive director of ACHIEVEability. “Vax Up, West Philly is another way we’re working to ensure our neighbors have access to the same information and opportunities as everyone else to receive the COVID-19 vaccine so they can best protect themselves, their families, and ultimately our communities.”

The grant is part of a package of $2.5 million to support vaccine outreach efforts statewide.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.