J&J vaccine to be administered at Liacouras Center for eligible recipients on Monday

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday at Temple University's Liacouras Center.

The clinic is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone who's Phase 1A or 1B eligible and also lives in 24 zip codes with high COVID positivity rates.

"It's all walk-up. We are no longer doing any pre-registration, no online because we found that it wasn't equitable. Everybody doesn't have access to that," said Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium.

No appointments are necessary for first doses at the Liacouras Center.

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"Personally, between Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, the vaccine efficacy that is reported is what we need in the middle of this pandemic...but we recognize that people have personal preferences and we wanted to give you enough time to make an informed decision for yourself," Stanford said.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered Monday and the Moderna vaccine will be given Tuesday, which is administered in two shots.

Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium is reporting that they've vaccinated more than 25,000 people in just 31 days.

The majority have been people of color who live in what the health department has designated as the hardest hit zip codes of the city.

The Philadelphia public health department will be opening three additional mass vaccination sites this week. Neighborhood clinics run by the city, excluding the FEMA site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, are now accepting walk-ins who meet criteria.

The clinic at Simon Gratz High School in Tioga-Nicetown opened Monday.

The Grand Yesha Ballroom in South Philadelphia will open Wednesday, according to city officials, and the clinic at the Edward O'Malley Athletic Association in South Philadelphia will open on Friday.

"We're going to try to manage this. It's important because we know that scheduling an appointment is a barrier for people, so we have to gradually switch to walk-ins," said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.

Three additional neighborhood clinics are also open:

- Community Academy Charter School, 1100 E. Erie Ave
- MLK Older Adult Center, 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
- University of the Sciences, Bobby Morgan Arena, 835 S. 43rd St.
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