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Wolf Administration to Visit Vaccine Clinic for Students Ages 5+ at Wilson High School

12/02/2021

West Lawn, PA - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education leaders will visit a vaccine clinic for students this afternoon at Wilson High School in the Wilson School District.  

Approximately 300 students ages 5-11 will receive their second dose of the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine during the clinic, which opens at 5 p.m. Wilson partnered with Esterbrook Pharmacy to provide the clinic, and all available slots were filled within three hours. 

“As we work collaboratively and proactively to move from pandemic to endemic, we know that vaccines for our youngest and more vulnerable population was a critical tool to add to our toolkit,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “We must continue our efforts to protect the health and safety of our students and communities, and vaccine clinics like this get us one step closer to regaining some sense of normalcy and routine.” 

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.  

With parental consent, children ages 5 through 11 can 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. 

"We knew as a district that we wanted to offer our facilities to host a vaccine clinic for students as soon as the approval was given for 5–11-year-olds,” said Wilson School District Superintendent Dr. Richard H. Faidley. “We worked proactively with local medical professionals and Esterbrook Pharmacy so we could provide this opportunity to families as soon as possible. We were extremely pleased with the response we received as the clinic filled up about three hours after we shared it with our community. We recognize that vaccinating children against COVID-19 is a personal family choice, but we are honored to be able to collaborate with our local medical community to provide this service." 

According to the CDC, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered with vaccine providers administering 15,482,008 total vaccine doses. Of those, 189,882 pediatric vaccines have been administered. For more information on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 progress, visit the Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard here.  

Pennsylvania is encouraging all eligible individuals to get vaccinated and get boosted against COVID-19 as it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the virus. To find a vaccine provider near you, use Vaccine Finder

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kendall Alexander - kenalexand@pa.gov

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