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Wolf Administration to Visit Fulton Elementary School’s Vaccine Clinic for Students Ages 5+

11/10/2021

The Best Way to Keep Students Learning in the Classroom is to Protect Against COVID-19

Lancaster, PA - Wolf Administration officials will visit a vaccine clinic for students ages 5-11 today at Fulton Elementary School in the School District of Lancaster (SDOL). The school host will host the clinic from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM today in partnership with Union Community Care, a federally qualified health center in Lancaster.  

The visit by Department of Education Special Assistant Dr. David Volkman and Special Assistant Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims is part of the Administration’s efforts to encourage all eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

“We’ve had success reengaging in in-person instruction this year, but to ensure that our positive momentum continues, it’s critical that we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in our schools,” said Dr. Volkman. “We know that students achieve more when they’re learning in person, both socially and academically, and our long-term goal must be to keep them in the classroom. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways we can reach that goal.”  

While the focus of the clinic will be students newly eligible for the vaccine, any child 5 years of age or older may attend. A second-dose clinic will be scheduled 3-4 weeks after Nov. 10. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. 

On November 2, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention authorized the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. Since that time, more than 18,800 doses of the pediatric vaccine have been administered within the commonwealth’s vaccine jurisdiction, which excludes Philadelphia. 

“Vaccine clinics like this highlight the important role that schools play in our society—they are the link that connects resources and services to their communities,” said Dr. Hollins-Sims. “By working together with Union Community Care, the School District of Lancaster is helping Lancaster County students and their families stay healthy and protected in a simple, easy to access way.” 

The state Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable, and efficient across the commonwealth. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you. 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kendall Alexander - kenalexand@pa.gov

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