Taylor Allen
Oct 14, 2021 - COVID

Philadelphia health care workers face Friday vaccine deadline

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Philly is pushing forward with its mandate that all health care workers must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, the city's health chief said at a press conference Wednesday.

State of play: More than 85% of the city's health care workers in long-term care facilities have at least one dose.

Mike D'Onofrio
Oct 7, 2021 - COVID

Philly extends vax mandate for higher ed and health care workers

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Philadelphia delayed its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers and those at colleges and universities on Wednesday.

What's happening: Hospital and long-term care facility workers, and all higher ed staff and students, must get their first jab by Oct. 15 and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15, according to Philly's new guidance.

  • All other health care workers must get their first vaccine dose by Oct. 22 and get their second dose by Nov. 22. They will also need to be tested twice weekly until they're fully vaccinated.

Flashback: The city originally mandated that these groups be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15.

What they're saying: Cheryl Bettigole, Philly's acting health commissioner, said some health care and higher ed officials were calling for more time.

  • "We've heard, in general, that a little bit more time might be helpful,." she said, adding that another delay to the vaccination mandate wasn't expected.

Of note: The mandate won't apply to workers, students or staff with a religious or medical exemption.

  • They instead must submit to regular COVID-19 testing.
Taylor Allen
Oct 6, 2021 - News

Philly seeks more rent aid as Treasury looks to reallocate funds

Row homes in Philadelphia's Mt. Airy neighborhood.
Row homes in the Mt. Airy neighborhood. Photo: John Greim/Getty Images

Philadelphia will apply for more federal rental assistance as the U.S. Treasury looks to reallocate billions of dollars in rent relief, city officials confirmed to Axios Tuesday.

Why it matters: Despite the city receiving an additional $35 million in federal rent aid Friday, Philly is on the verge of running out of money for applicants in need.

  • City spokesperson Jamila Davis told Axios the new emergency rental assistance funds would only last another five to six weeks.

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