Eagles administered more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to the autism community on Saturday

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For most, showing up for a COVID-19 vaccinations is no big deal. For some, the process includes very real obstacles.

On Saturday, the Eagles arranged for more than 1,000 members of the autism community to be vaccinated at Lincoln Financial Field. The event was co-hosted by the Eagles Autism Foundation and Divine Providence Village.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to individuals with autism and their families,” Executive Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation Ryan Hammond said in a press release. “We wanted to create an environment that was dedicated to their specialized needs so that members of this important community could be vaccinated in a safe and efficient manner. We would like to thank Divine Providence Village for their amazing partnership, and all the medical professionals and support staff who made today such a success.”

The Eagles Autism Foundation provided a sensory-friendly environment for the vaccination process. Divine Providence Village, a residential facility that serves persons with physical and intellectual disability, has administered more than 12,300 vaccinations to residents, employees, and the community.

Those who were vaccinated on Saturday will return eventually for a second dose.

10 responses to “Eagles administered more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to the autism community on Saturday

  1. A thousand thumbs-up!

    This is so much better news than run-of-the-mill crap from any number of Q-a-nuts.

  2. Bravo Eagles. This last year did bring one positive and that was the NFL franchises in many cases using their facilities to assist their community by making it available for vaccinations, voter registration, and voting locations. In many cases communities offer sweeteners and tax breaks to keep franchises or to entice them to come to their city. Using the largest building often in the whole city/area for civic purposes is responsible and I think should be something presumed to be of use in times of need and catastrophe. Again bravo Eagles as an organization, keep up helping those in your community you can and let’s see the NFL make this official policy. Just my opinion

  3. Eh, is this so great? I mean is it really a selfless charitable act? Or is it a self serving publicity stunt. The Eagles didn’t produce the vaccines. Pfizer or Moderna did. The Eagles didn’t have an allocation of the vaccine laying around that they decided to donate to people with autism. Thankfully the state decides who should get the vaccine, not an NFL franchise. So the state says people with autism can get it and the Eagles say “ooh can we have them vaccinated at our stadium so we can take credit for it?”

    Excuse me for not fawning.

  4. Say what you want about the way Lurie runs the team, but the Eagles have always been strong in the community. And before Lurie got there, previous ownership did very little in that way.

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