The Best Way to Keep Students Learning in the Classroom is to Protect Against COVID-19
Covington Township, PA - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega will visit a vaccine clinic for students this afternoon at North Pocono High School in the North Pocono School District. The clinic, sponsored by Hometown Healthcare, is open to children ages 5 to 11, and second doses will be administered on Wednesday, December 8.
The visit is part of the Wolf Administration’s efforts to encourage all eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The pediatric vaccine is safe and the best way to give our children the power to safely learn, play, and be a kid.
“We know that to keep students learning in the classroom, we have to use all of the resources at our disposal to ensure that they stay healthy, and the COVID-19 vaccine is just one more tool in our toolbox,” said Sec. Ortega. “Keeping students safe against illness has wide-reaching impacts on our communities, and we appreciate the partnerships that Pennsylvania’s schools are forming with their local community organizations to provide access to parents on a voluntary basis.”
With parental consent, children ages 5 through 11 are able to receive the free FDA-authorized, CDC-approved and pediatrician recommended Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to clinics at many schools, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available at pediatrician offices, health centers, pharmacies, and other healthcare provider facilities.
"The district and community appreciate the Administration's efforts to keep schools open and have students participate in person,” said North Pocono School District Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Powell. “It is an honor to have Secretary Ortega travel to our community, learn about North Pocono and support the opportunity for district families to become vaccinated.”
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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