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The IBC Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Zoo host free COVID vaccination clinic for children

A girl receives a vaccination during a clinic at the Philadelphia Zoo

More than 185 children between the ages of 5 and 17 and approximately 100 adults received COVID-19 vaccinations on December 14 at a free clinic hosted by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Philadelphia Zoo. The clinic was open to residents of West Philadelphia, a community experiencing low vaccine rates, during the Zoo’s LumiNature Community Night. An event to administer second doses will be held in January.

According to the Philadelphia Department of Health, roughly 10 percent of Philadelphia children between the ages of 5 and 11 had gotten at least one dose of the COVID vaccine from Pfizer. Recognizing the need to increase vaccination rates in the region, the Foundation collaborated with several nonprofits to promote equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations in under-resourced communities. This initiative aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to achieve greater health equity in communities of color.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: ibxfoundation.org. Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.