North Philly fall festival offering COVID-19 shots and family fun

HarVAXX Festival is from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A North Philadelphia fall festival will have live music and dancing, TikTokkers, Halloween games and activities, and COVID-19 vaccines.

“Prizes, candy giveaways, entertainment — our hope is the people come out and have a good time and get vaccinated,” said Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia clinical nurse project manager Sophia Collins.

CHOP is partnering with the Caring People Alliance R.W. Brown Boys and Girls Clubs to host the event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, at 1701 N. Eighth St.

Collins said they are advocating for everyone to get vaccinated, and they want to make sure people are informed.

“There are a lot of myths out there and a lot of mistrust,” she said. “One thing we do know is that the vaccine is effective. If you have been vaccinated already, share your story. Really — it takes the champions to stand up in their own circles.”

“It has also been an overall lack of education,” added, Branon Gilmore, senior director of community outreach for the Caring People Alliance.

The vaccine is currently available for ages 12 and up. Booster shots will also be available for those eligible, and they should bring their ID and vaccination card to the event.

The HarVAXX Festival will also feature a visit from Police District 26’s Paw Patrol, music and line dancing led by Dance for Health, and the Philly Teen Vaxx Ambassadors, who have gained popularity on TikTok.

Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required.