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Commonwealth to offer free vaccine clinic for eligible children as new school year approaches

The Keystone Building in Harrisburg

The new school year is almost upon us, prompting the commonwealth to offer a vaccination clinic organized specifically for eligible children.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, the state Department of Education will hold a free, walk-in clinic at the Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring unvaccinated children, aged 12 and older, to the clinic, where the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be administered, according to the department.

“As we prepare for a return to teaching and learning in classrooms across Pennsylvania, it is critically important for children aged 12 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the new school year,” said Secretary of Education Noe Ortega, in a statement.

At the clinic, appointments for the second dose of the two-dose vaccine will be made, the department stated.

Nearby, food and refreshments will be available in Soldier’s Grove. The Pretzel Spot Café food truck and the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the department.

“Getting vaccinated gives us the power to fight COVID-19 and provides the best protection against the COVID-19 virus and variants, including the highly transmissible Delta variant,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said.

Click here for the PDE’s COVID-19 website.

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