Allentown COVID vigil spreads hope

Written by on January 25, 2021

Allentown COVID vigil spreads hope

By Ben Stemrich

January 25, 2021

Image by Malachi Witt from Pixabay

Roughly 25 people gathered at Agricultural Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds on Jan. 24 to remember those who have died of COVID-19. While the venue is mostly used for trade shows, on Jan. 25 it will become a vaccination clinic. 

Jessica Ciecwisz of the Lehigh Agricultural Society says she’s ready.

“Everyone’s just kind of been waiting with bated breath for the vaccinations to come out and being able to make appointments and get them, so I think everyone is looking forward to it and both nervous and optimistic,” she says. 

Local politicians spoke and several area religious leaders said prayers. Allentown resident Don McCord said there is just one word for how he’s  feeling.

“Hope. That’s really, that’s the word of the moment, I think,” McCord says, “It’s just hope there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. 

And he was not the only hopeful attendee. 

“We are going to get out of this, but we’re going to get out of this because we are all going to work together. We are going to be on the same page. We are going to wear masks, wash our hands and keep our distance. We are going to get that shot and get back to normal,” says Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong. 

City officials say they hope to give out 500 vaccinations a day at the new pop up site. And though vaccine registrations for the Allentown Health Bureau clinic are closed, they will open up again at 9 a.m. on Jan. 28.

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