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Secretary of Agriculture Encourages Braddock Community to Take Advantage of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Braddock Farm Stand

09/10/2021

Braddock, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with UPMC will be hosted on Wednesday, September 15 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Braddock Farm Stand, 1000 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104.  

"From rural communities to urban cityscapes, we need to ensure every Pennsylvanian has access to the COVID-19 vaccine," said Secretary Redding. "Urban gardens and farm markets are trusted neighborhood leaders. Community vaccination clinics, like those being offered at Braddock Farm Stand, provide an opportunity to protect yourself, your family and your greater community from COVID-19."

In Braddock, only a little more than 40 percent of eligible residents are partially vaccinated. This ranks Braddock the lowest in Allegheny County. COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect against the virus, including new variants. Data shows that vaccines provide protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death.

With no grocery stores in Braddock, urban agriculture and the Braddock Farm have been critical to addressing food apartheid in the community. The Braddock Farm Stand will now fill the void for the lack of both grocery stores and pharmacies, but offering the community a free, accessible COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

The Braddock Farm Stand vaccine clinic is open to the public and no registration is necessary. The single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be provided for eligible individuals 18 and older. The Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine will also be available as an alternative and for school-aged children 12 and older. Second Comirnaty (Pfizer) doses can be scheduled with UPMC or another vaccine provider.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Shannon Powers, shpowers@pa.gov

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