SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — On Friday, organizers of the non-profit Scranton Fringe announced they’re hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic on April 22 in downtown Scranton.
“It’s not just up to the health and medical field. We all have to chip in. We all have to step up. And arts and culture should be no exception,” Scranton Fringe Executive Director Conor Kelly O’Brien said.
O’Brien says the free event is in partnership with the Rite Aid Pharmacy of Hamlin. First doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered at the clinic inside the AFA Gallery on Penn Avenue, with a creative twist.
“We felt it was important to make it as welcoming and relaxing an environment as possible, while simultaneously providing paid work to our hardworking local arts and culture industry,” O’Brien said.
Live music will be performed by regional musicians. Michael Frawley, a University of Scranton student, thinks it’s a unique way for people in the community to get vaccinated.
“I think it’s pretty cool. I mean, if you can get artists who have been struggling any kind of work today, it’s beneficial. Plus, you’re vaccinating people. It’s a win-win,” Frawley said.
Registration for the clinic is required. O’Brien says a minimum of 300 vaccines will be administered. Second doses will be scheduled for May 14th.
Anyone 18 years old or older, or 16 and older with a legal guardian present can register for the event.
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