LGTBQ seniors in Philly get COVID-19 vaccine

Residents of the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly Senior Apartments received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week, with second doses scheduled for next month. A team of four from Mazzoni Center held a vaccine clinic in the community room of the JCAA building, with vaccinations starting around 10:00 a.m. and finishing up around 6:00 p.m. Mazzoni Center Medical Assistant Supervisor Jasmine Santana, Director of Practice Management Devon Taylor, Director of Communications Larry Benjamin, and Executive Medical Officer Nancy Brisbon worked together to sign people in, administer the shots, and observe recipients for fifteen minutes afterwards. Ed Miller, who provides supportive services at JCAA as part of his role at William Way Community Center, handled the scheduling and was on-site to help organize the 56 people who received the vaccine. “It was wonderful to help our elders during a time that has been so very difficult for everyone,” Dr. Brisbon said. “We look forward to our next day for dose two. The vaccine is part of our path out of the pandemic. We all need to do everything we can to prevent this serious and too often deadly disease.”