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Independence joins faith leaders in support of new community-based vaccination effort

The campaign will address racial disparities in vaccine access

Faith leaders from across the city convened at an event hosted by Independence Blue Cross (Independence) to announce a new campaign to increase vaccinations among underserved populations throughout Philadelphia.

A partnership of nearly 50 entities and organizations from diverse faith traditions, health care institutions, and the City of Philadelphia launched the All Faiths Vaccination Campaign (AFVC). The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is one of the sponsors of the initiative.

Independence President and CEO Gregory E. Deavens offered welcoming remarks at the event, while IBC Foundation President and Independence Vice President of Community Affairs Lorina Marshall-Blake served as the master of ceremonies.

AFVC aims to use the power of faith traditions to strengthen the health of underserved communities and provide vaccines to at-risk and marginalized populations across the City of Philadelphia. The AFVC also aims to minimize barriers that stop members of the Black and Brown communities from getting vaccinated.

The AFVC is concentrating its vaccination efforts on the Memorial Day holiday through the commemoration of Juneteenth on June 19.

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