As vaccine eligibility and supply opens up, Berks Community Health Center is committed to bringing vaccines to underserved communities in Berks County. The organization has provided over 5,000 vaccines from their Rockland location during the past few months.
BCHC recognizes that for some community members, specifically hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, barriers exist to attend appointments at those locations. To ensure those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated against COVID-19, BCHC is starting partnerships with organizations to vaccinate their stakeholders.
To start, BCHC is pleased to announce it is partnering with The Giorgi Companies, Inc. (TGCI) to help provide vaccinations to TGCI’s essential workers who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic to help keep America’s food supply robust by growing, harvesting, and supplying fresh and processed mushrooms, as well as metal food packaging, to customers throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. “We are thrilled to work with BCHC as we begin to help our essential workers get vaccinated as part of the many steps we are taking to keep our workers healthy and safe” noted Gina DeLillo, Chief Human Resources Officer. On April 2, 2021, BCHC is having a pop-up vaccination site at Giorgio Foods to vaccinate some of their hard-to-reach workers at their Temple location.
“The expansion of access to the vaccine for high-risk populations aligns perfectly with our mission of increasing access to health care for all community members. Providing door-to-door outreach will remove barriers to getting the vaccine for workers in high-risk industries and to close the care gap for our older community members” says Mary Kargbo, President and CEO of BCHC. “We will expand vaccinations in the near future as we successfully recruit additional staff”.