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Pa. Begins Vaccination Plan Focused on Teachers


March 11, 2021

Photo provided by Judith Ott

Although she's not a teacher, Herald Southern Cove Correspondent Judith Ott got a COVID-19 vaccine at the Northern Bedford Pharmacy in New Enterprise from Pharmacist Joe Breton. Breton said that the pharmacy has administered 1,493 of the vaccinations as of Monday, March 8. Breton reported that the only side-effect that he seen so far is a sore arm. Those interested in signing up for the vaccination may call the pharmacy at 766-0124 to be added to the waiting list. The offered Moderna vaccine requires two injections.

Starting March 10, about 200,000 educators and support staff will receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the Pennsylvania's newest mass immunization plan.

Gov. Tom Wolf and the state's vaccine task force said March 3 that Pennsylvania's first 94,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine will be prioritized for teachers, administrators, bus drivers and other school support staff so that in-person instruction can resume full-time across the state.

A pharmacy partnership will earmark another 30,000 doses for the program, meaning a majority of workers could return to the classroom by...

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