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Lorina Marshall-Blake receives first dose of vaccine through Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium

Lorina Marshall-Blake, vice president of Community Affairs at Independence Blue Cross and president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, received her first COVID-19 vaccine through the Black Doctors COVID Consortium.

Marshall-Blake praised the organization and its leader Dr. Ala Stanford for the outstanding job they’ve done providing free COVID-19 testing and now vaccines for Philadelphia residents — especially African Americans and other minority populations who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

In Philadelphia, African Americans make up 42.5 percent of COVID-19 cases; 54.6 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations; and 47.9 percent of COVID-19 deaths. Marshall-Blake emphasized the importance of getting the vaccine for communities of color: “When you are COVID vaccinated, you are contributing to your community’s immunity.”

Marshall-Blake urges everyone to sign up to receive their vaccine as soon as they are eligible: “Our nation has already lost more than 500,000 lives to COVID-19. That won’t end until enough people are vaccinated to stop the spread. So please, get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

For more information about eligibility, visit Read more about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines from Dr. Reetika Kumar, medical director and SVP of Clinical Services at Independence.