NORWIN TO HOST VACCINE CLINIC FOR STUDENTS AGES 16 AND UP AND FAMILY MEMBERS
School District Partners with Rite Aid & North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue to Offer Pfizer Vaccine Clinic
To support the health and wellness of Norwin students and families, Norwin School District is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic. This will be a first-dose clinic to administer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
This is among the region’s first vaccine clinics for students 16 and older. It will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 3 to 7pm at the Norwin High School auxiliary gymnasium, 251 McMahon Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Participants may park in the main lot and enter through High School Door No. 6 (the auditorium entrance).
This clinic is open to Norwin students ages 16 and older, as well as to any family member older than 16.
It is made possible by Rite Aid and North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue. Rite Aid staff will administer the vaccine with support from North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue medical personnel, as needed.
People must register online and choose a time slot by clicking the following link:
- Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/norwinrite-aidnorth-huntingdon-emsrescue-pfizer-1st-dose-vaccine-clinc-tickets-152399309437
The clinic will provide the Pfizer vaccine, which is administered in two doses with a three-week window in between. The second dose will be administered on Friday, June 4th, and appointments for that date will be made during the first-dose clinic.
Mr. Shane Spielvogle, Executive Director of North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue, said his organization has previously arranged similar community vaccine clinics that have been successful. Initially, there will be 160 doses available, with dose slots scheduled every 15 minutes, said Mr. Spielvogle. He added that additional vaccination appointments will be added if the demand warrants it.
Dr. Jacqueline Burkett, Rite Aid’s Regional Pharmacy Leader, said an immunization consent form will need to be completed by everyone wishing to receive a vaccine. Parents do not need to accompany their child. Students and family members are asked to bring a state-issued ID. They should also bring their medical / prescription insurance to the clinic if available. If they have a copy of the insurance card, it would be most helpful to attach it to the back of the immunization consent form, Dr. Burkett said.
Participants would be fully immune two weeks after the second dose, which would be Saturday, June 19, 2021. “This would set kids up for summer travels with family, sports, summer academic camps, activities, or transitions to college and career,” Dr. Burkett said.
Dr. Heather Newell, Norwin School District Pandemic Coordinator, said there are several advantages to having students vaccinated. While they have full immunity, they will not need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact and are symptom-free. According to the CDC, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do contract COVID-19.
For the past several years, Norwin School District has partnered with Rite Aid to offer flu vaccine clinics to Norwin faculty and staff.
Dr. Jeff Taylor, Norwin Superintendent, praised the community partnerships that made this student clinic possible.
“Vaccinating our older students at this clinic will help Norwin move one step closer to normal educational operations,” Dr. Taylor said. “We are grateful to North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue for reaching out to us and for facilitating the continued collaboration between Rite Aid and Norwin School District.”