(PITTSBURGH, PA) Allegheny Health Network (AHN), as part of its commitment to ensuring all communities have equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and in partnership with the TRAC Services for Families, is launching “Power Hour and Cut to the Chase” – a series of community-based clinics set in hair salons, bars, restaurants and other community gathering places where vaccines, including booster shots, will be available to anyone attending.
The “Power Hour and Cut to the Chase” vaccination campaign, staffed by AHN clinicians, launches Thursday, Feb. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. at Elevationz hair salon on Second Avenue in Hazelwood, followed by Friday, Feb. 11 from 4-8 p.m. at Young Bros. bar on Pittsburgh’s North Side; and Saturday, Feb. 12 from 2- 4 p.m. at Vickey’s Soul Grill, 655 Rodi Rd. in Penn Hills. Incentives, including gift cards, will be offered, to anyone getting a vaccine.
“The recent surge in Omicron cases has shown us that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and vaccination remains the single most important weapon we have against this dangerous virus,” said Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, Med, MPPM, FACOG, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for AHN/Highmark Health. “We know that many people face barriers to vaccination such as a lack of transportation or access to accurate information about the vaccine.
“That’s why we’re ‘thinking outside the box’ and bringing the vaccine into local communities, in convenient locations hosted by trusted local business leaders,” Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew said. “We hope that residents of these communities take advantage of our clinics, which are open to anyone. If you want a vaccine or a booster, you are welcome. Insurance is not required, and you do not need to be an AHN patient.”
Additional dates and times set for “Power Hour and Cut to the Chase” vaccine clinics include:
Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m, TrZade, 113 Brownsville Road, Mount Oliver
Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m., Stanley’s Lounge, 7403 Frankstown Ave., Homewood
Feb. 18, noon-3 p.m., B-Sharp, 10720 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills
Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m. Carmi Restaurant, 1825 E. Carson St., South Side
Feb. 21, 1-3 p.m., Club Mansion, 7232 Kelly St., Homewood
Feb. 25, 4-6 p.m., Lounge 7101, 7101 Frankstown Ave., Homewood
Feb. 26, 1-3 p.m., VIP Styles, 413, Smithfield St., downtown Pittsburgh
Feb. 27, 1-4 p.m., Dreamz, 216 E. 7th Ave., Homestead
Feb. 28, 1-4 p.m., TBJ’s Soul Food, 313 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa
March 4, noon-2 p.m., Dave’s Barber Shop, 1811 Brighton Place, North Side
March 6, 1-3 p.m., Brother’s Keeper, 613 E. Ohio St., North Side
Announcements of additional clinics are expected to be made in the coming weeks.