PICTURE CAPTION: Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland receives his first dose of the Pfizer/Biontech COVID-19 vaccine during The Belvedere Center’s vaccination event on January 9, 2021. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Judith & Manny Ghebremichael






Lori Mayer, Media Relations 




Aigner Cleveland,

Press Secretary, City of Chester




Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Chester City Council are pleased to share

The Belvedere Center’s press release regarding their COVID-19 vaccination event. City officials took part in the event with hopes of encouraging residents within communities of color to get vaccinated.



The Belvedere Center is the First Long-Term Care Facility in Chester, PA to Vaccinate Residents and Healthcare Workers  

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland encourages the citizens of Chester, PA to get vaccinated



Chester, PA – January 11, 2021 – The Belvedere Center, a Genesis HealthCare (Genesis) affiliated nursing home, became the first long-term care facility in Chester, PA to administer COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday, January 9, 2021 to both residents and staff. Genesis is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute care. The Belvedere Center, located in Chester, Pennsylvania, hosted Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Mr. Jones, President of the Chester NAACP, who were both vaccinated onsite at The Belvedere Center on Saturday.


“I am proud to stand with my colleagues here at The Belvedere Center, CVS Health who is administering the vaccine and Mayor Kirkland and his team for their support throughout this pandemic,” said Sharon McDermond, Center Executive Director of The Belvedere Center. “The vaccine is now our most important tool in fighting this pandemic – together with personal protective equipment, frequent testing and our rigorous standards and infection protocols. This is yet another historic moment as the COVID-19 vaccine reaches more residents and staff.”  


Mayor Kirkland joined the center for the momentous occasion. “This is an important day, not only for the city of Chester, but also for citizens throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” shared Mayor Kirkland at the event on Saturday. “It is important that you bring good health back to your community and it starts with yourself. We are here today because we want to encourage others to get past the fear. We know about past history, but today’s science is much better. We are here today to lead by example. We want our entire community to get vaccinated and to get well. Today is a day of hope. If we are going to get healthy, this vaccine is the way to do it.”


Genesis is working closely with state governments to vaccinate employees and residents at its facilities across the nation. As part of The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program announced in October by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, Genesis selected CVS Health Corp. as its pharmacy partner to provide and administer the vaccine in all states that are working with CVS or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. for vaccine management. 


About Genesis HealthCare 
Genesis HealthCare is a holding company with subsidiaries that, on a combined basis, comprise one of the nation’s largest post-acute care companies, providing services to more than 325 skilled nursing facilities and assisted/senior living communities in 24 states nationwide. Genesis subsidiaries also supply rehabilitation therapy to approximately 1,100 healthcare providers in 44 states, the District of Columbia and China.  References made in this release to “Genesis,” “the Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Genesis Healthcare, Inc. and each of its wholly-owned companies. Visit our website at