My Apartment Building Got Vaccinated, How You Can Get A Covid Clinic

GREAT VACCINATION NEWS!!!! was the title of an email that landed in my inbox from the my apartment building. The Philadelphian last week.
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Centennial Pharmacy to bring COVID vaccinations to the building.

Centennial Pharmacy works directly with the City of Philadelphia and State of PA to perform various vaccinations. They are currently receiving 2,000 vaccinations a week of the Pfizer vaccination and have allotted enough for our building. Centennial is also administering vaccinations at some of our neighboring condominiums
(I spoke with the doctors on site Tuesday, and they told me they had already vaccinated vulnerable older residential housing, including HUD housing throughout the City, Ruth Williams House, Casa Farnese apartments, William Penn House, and Kennedy house in Center City).

On Tuesday, March 2nd, Centennial will come to the building and perform vaccines for all Philadelphian residents and staff who are currently classified as level 1A (My husband often calls our building a cross between a cruise ship and a retirement home), and 1B Centennial has confirmed that anyone living in, or working in, a congregate setting is considered a 1B. Nurse’s aides or outside help of our residents will also be eligible. This will NOT be open to the public.

Before this email I hadn’t heard that this was possible (I had signed up, and was just waiting to be called, I am in 1B with my ailments but wasn’t nervous of getting Covid19 having already had it a year ago 3/16/20), but after I tweeted about our building getting vaccinated today, many media people inquired about it online and eventually asking city officials, and it turns out that this was a well orchestrated effort with officials, and is happening in all 50 states. Once the Covid-19 vaccine became more widely available in the past few weeks the rollout began at fast pace.

You see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with states to select initial pharmacy partners based on a number of factors including their ability to reach some of the populations most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and as availability increased opened it up to other pharmacies. Centennial Pharmacy is one of those drug stores which was eligible. They they screened a list of applicants who had applied for this kind of large scale operation and fit the criteria, and basically this is how it happened.

My building has a majority of residents over the age of 70, many in their 80s to early 100s. One 106 year old women even survived covid virus last year.

Many of the residents I talked to are so excited to do things again, as well as see family members.
Michael Nise, founder of Dancin on Air, remember that cool show. (Kelly Ripa got her big break on the show.) He’s so excited to get the vaccine and get to work on a reunion show and other business.

Our building has 776 units, and over 800 residents were vaccinated. The building consists of 3 wings, and the doctors started at the top floor around 11am vaccinating the workers, retail workers as we have a supermarket, drug store, Little Pete’s, doctor’s offices, NovaCare, hearing aid store, and home nurses aides who weren’t on duty, working there way down, finishing about 5:30pm)

People were asked to wait outside their apartments an hour before their scheduled time, with everyone who was in their unit, as well as their home health care worker if they had one.
Lindsay Dymowski, ‎Co-Founder, President Centennial Pharmacy Services tells you how your building can apply for a covid clinic to get vaccinated.

I was impressed how they vaccinated the building: They did a great job. They brought in 6 teams. They started with the office workers, nurses aides, and staff. Then hit the top floors and the middle floors to do 800 residents in 5 hours.

My neighbors and I are very grateful for the Philadelphian Management for their year of amazing management of covid19 pandemic procedures, the safety procedures, the positive messages and so much behind the scenes management to keep us safe. I personally want to thank the Covid19 Task Force of volunteers for their service to my family, and to many residents who were diagnosed with Covid19 and quarantine, or were just quarantining for safety, some for the entire year in their apartments; the task force delivered our mail, removed our trash we left outside of our apartments, and managed our deliveries. Thoughts and prayers for those who passed from Covid19, especially our dear neighbors who will be missed.


This & That: Rittenhouse Square Opened, New Biz Too

Hope you had a great weekend. Last week I strolled through Rittenhouse Square and reported on a lot of sad news about businesses closing, stores paused, a few still boarded and some who have opened. The first exciting news is: Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17 th and Sansom streets by Rittenhouse Square in the Palomar Hotel, has re-opened for take-out as well as  outdoor dining on the patio seating area. 
Lunch is 12 – 4 pm, followed by dinner from 4 – 8 pm daily. Guests can enjoy dishes tried, true, and even some new from the freshly updated Square 1682 menu – Select known favorite dishes have returned, such as the  Waffle Fries served with malt vinegar and chipotle ranch ($10), the delectable  Warm Cornbread accompanied by honey butter ($5) to start, or the revered Cauliflower  Curry entrée, with chickpeas, spinach, and madras curry ($24). Newer additions to the menu include a sumptuous  Softshell Crab Sandwich with jalapeno tartar sauce ($16), and Tagliatelle served with Jersey vegetables, pistachio pesto and pecorino ($13/serving, $25/family style).

Also nearby stores like Vince, Gap, The Loft and Govberg’s are open as I mentioned last week. I did another walk through at the end of the week and saw many more stores open and even more who have taken the boards off, which is nice and inviting.

Both Lululemon and Athleta are now open and excited to welcome you back to the 1700 block of Walnut Street. As you know Intermix has closed, but I found out it closed a few days before the pandemic, so we can’t count that as a business lost to Covid19. GM Danielle Kane wishes it worked out, sends her love and thanks.

New Business The previously announced allbirds, which took over the space formally occupied by Timberland at 1709 Walnut St, is being stocked and is ready to open in the next week.

Feast Well Foods can take a lot of the work out of cooking for you this weekend, especially if you’re headed to the shore.

Friday, July 31st 3pm – 5pm
Curbside pick-up
Thursday, July 30th 4pm – 5pm
Friday, July 31st 1pm – 5:30pm

The Loft is open now for all your summer fashions, and these days summer goes right into October. Grab a cocktail at a.bar as that is open as well.

The former Zara’s is being reconfigured for Tiffany’s Jewelers which is moving from it’s current location in the Bellevue. It is not open.

The Hyatt Centric near 17th and Walnut Streets is coming along. They’re topped off, windows have been installed and the sign is up. Looks great.

Pietro’s has extended their dining area and it looks good. I spoke with a Madewell associate today and they have no idea when they’re going to open the Walnut Store.

But there’s plenty of other reasons to come down town, it’s bouncing back and there’s a lot of sales to be had.

If you’re going to the Apple store make sure you have an appointment, that is the only way you can enter. Give them a call. When you see me in the streets give a wave to PhillyChitChat. Thanks!!


InBox: Health Dept Cancels All Outdoor Events This Summer

Breaking News: I got an email from The Phila Flea Markets they have been given notice by The Philadelphia Department Of Health that all outdoor events have been canceled thru the month of August in Philadelphia. This includes the remainder of the Antique & Vintage Markets downtown as well as the Roosevelt Flea Market in NE Philadelphia.

We’ve yet to hear back from officials in Bucks County on when we can re-open The Bristol Indoor Flea Market.

Philly cancels events for the summer of 2020 for safety concerns

A few more events which won’t be happening this summer. Philly Pops on July 4th, Diner en Blanc in August, East Passyunk Car show in July and Old City Eats Block Party in June, 2nd Street Festival, Italian Festival in South Philly, the water downed Bastille Day in Fairmount, Made In America has suspended ticket sales, has well as so many events we love to attend. But it’s a small sacrifice to save lives, which are priceless. Stay Safe, 6 feet or more and wear a mask with others.


InBox: Enjoy July 4th Safely at Your Home

Philadelphia (May 12, 2020) – The City of Philadelphia announced that the 2020 Wawa Welcome America festival will be delivered virtually in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the health and safety of the community top of mind, Welcome America, Inc. supports the City’s decision, and remains committed to hosting a festival that engages residents in every neighborhood of Philadelphia and across the nation in celebration of America’s Independence Day.

This year, Wawa Welcome America will be re-imagined to create meaningful, at-home experiences that will embody the same spirit of celebration that Philadelphians have come to know and love over the past 28 years. Arts, culture, education, history and performance will continue to play a starring role in the festival, along with new virtual opportunities to expand and enhance Wawa Welcome America’s free and interactive programming.

“Our team remains committed, now more than ever, to creating an experience that gives our City something to celebrate,” said Michael DelBene, President and CEO, Welcome America, Inc. “It is a challenging time, and while we may not be able to gather in our City’s great public spaces this year, we are eager to celebrate in a new way through interactive, virtual experiences. We are grateful to the City and to our incredible sponsors and partners for their support, which will allow us to continue this storied tradition in a new, exciting way.”

“The City of Philadelphia is proud to support the Welcome America team in their commitment to delivering a virtual festival this year,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia. “With the health and safety of our community top of mind, we are confident that this virtual event will continue to create new opportunities to bring our community together in celebration of America’s Birthday. Philadelphia is a strong City of strong traditions, and I am excited to see this important tradition continue.”

A longstanding tradition that will remain in place for this year’s festival is a concert performance on the evening of July 4th,produced in partnership withLive Nation and broadcast in English and Spanish on NBC10 and TeleXitos, Telemundo62’s multicast network, for viewers to enjoy from their homes. The City of Philadelphia and Wawa Welcome America will be sharing additional details about the virtual event, including information about performers, schedule and more, during a press conference in June.

Meghan Trainor brought out her father Gary Trainor, 70, to dance on “Dance Like Your Daddy”

The annual Wawa Welcome America festival is made possible by the support of the City of Philadelphia, title partner Wawa, Comcast NBCUniversal and their local broadcast stations NBC10 & Telemundo62, Independence Blue Cross, Visit Philadelphia and Live Nation.

Jennifer Hudson at Wawa Welcome America in Philadelphia, July 4th, 2019

Head on over to Metro Philly newspaper online to read more about this years plans and see another photo I took from last year’s concert.