Dick’s Sporting Goods and Allegheny Health Network partnered on Friday to host the largest, single-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the greater Western Pennsylvania region.
More than 5,000 area residents who fall into the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Phase 1A vaccination eligibility received their first dose of the vaccine from AHN caregivers at Dick’s corporate office in Coraopolis, PA.
“Throughout the course of this pandemic, we have witnessed time and again the importance of communities coming together to meet the enormous challenges it has posed to everyone’s health and wellbeing,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN president and CEO. “We have been extremely fortunate at AHN and Highmark Health to have so many generous, civic-minded partners, like Dick’s Sporting Goods, step up in so many different ways to aid our pandemic response and to provide hope for the people who are relying on us.”
Friday’s clinic at Dick’s facility will be the seventh mass vaccination event hosted by AHN over the past month. In early February, the network partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to hold its first large vaccination clinic at PNC Park, where 2,500 high-risk seniors received the vaccine. Since then, approximately 18,000 vaccine doses have been administered at four subsequent ballpark clinics and one at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, PA. To date, AHN has dispensed more than 135,000 vaccine doses in total.
Last April, Dick’s Sporting Goods donated supplies to support AHN’s COVID-19 response. On Friday, approximately 200 Dick’s Sporting Goods employees joined hundreds of AHN caregivers and volunteers to help manage the vaccine clinic.
“Doing our part to help communities is core to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ culture. A few weeks ago, we reached out to our partners in healthcare, professional sports and government to see how we could help get vaccines to our Pittsburgh community,” said Lauren Hobart, President and CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods. “Allegheny Health Network responded immediately, and our teams quickly came together to plan this clinic. We are very proud to host more than 5,000 of our community members here on our corporate campus and to help ensure people are getting access to the vaccine.”
Recipients at today’s clinic will return to Dick’s facility on Friday, March 26th to receive a second dose of the vaccine.