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Local school districts putting plans in motion to vaccinate younger students


HANOVER, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In a few hours a CDC Advisory Panel will vote on whether to recommend the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. This comes as there’s an upcoming clinic aiming to keep schools and the communities surrounding them safe.

Two days after the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and up the CDC is expected to do the same, and school districts are now planning.”

“They’re prepared for nearly 1000 shots,” said Nathan Barret, Superintendent of Hanover Area School District

Barret, his students, and staff have been enduring a pandemic-plagued school year.

“The virus had been spreading in our middle school to high school years at a pace that was higher than any other level within our district,” stated Barret.

Mitigation efforts in place and multiple avenues for educating could only do so much to prevent cases.

Another option is becoming available in the Pfizer vaccine’s extension to 12-year’s old and up. It’s something Hawkeye country has been keeping an eye on and were prepared to move forward.

“Myself, the IU 18 and the Pediatric Association of Kingston had developed this plan last week,” said Barret.

The Hanover Area has scheduled their vaccine clinic for this Friday morning with nearby Crestwood and Wyoming Valley West also locking in for this weekend.

“Every single student that’s vaccinated and makes it one step closer to getting this in our rearview mirror, and allowing us to be back into school and healthy manner in the fall,” stated Barret.

For the blue and white, a second dose would come four days before graduation, meaning those returning have more hope to do so in the classrooms.

“To me, this is an excellent way to end our school year… Protecting our students from one layer deeper, protecting our community,” stated Barret.

Of course, with some pre-emptive planning, some school districts already have their clinic date set, but you can expect to see many more across Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, start to plan as the days move on.

While the emphasis is on ages 12-15, you can sign yourself or your student up for the following clinics:

Hanover Area on Friday, May 14.

Wyoming Valley West on Saturday May 15.

For more information on vaccines and where you can go to obtain one, head over to our Vaccinate NEPA page.

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