Governor Tom Wolf toured the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s COVID-19 vaccination area Monday morning in Muhlenberg Township to thank educators and medical professionals.
“Less than two weeks ago, I announced a plan to vaccinate Pre-K-12 educators and because of the great partnership with the intermediate units, national guard and education groups these sites were quickly up and running,” said Gov. Wolf during the press conference.
“Our ultimate goal is to offer every public and private school worker a vaccine to protect people, help even more students return to the classroom, and get communities another step closer to normal.”
As part of the priority to safely and quickly get more students back in the classroom, on March 3, Gov. Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a special initiative to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Pre-K-12 educators.
The Wolf Administration is collaborating with 28 Intermediate Units (IUs) to equitably vaccinate school and contracted staff, including bus drivers and transportation personnel
To date, the Intermediate Unit’s have provided 52,778 doses of the vaccine.
“Thank you to Governor Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force for providing a plan for Pennsylvania’s school employees and contractors to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Jill Hackman, Berk County IU Executive Director.
“Intermediate units across Pennsylvania feel fortunate to have been afforded this opportunity to play a central role in the coordination. These efforts pave the way to getting more students back in the classroom and keeping communities healthy.”
Pennsylvania received its first shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine – 94,600 doses — last week. The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently authorized the vaccine for emergency use.