PA Ed Sec Ortega Visits Schools to Highlight In-person Learning and Promote Vaccinating Children (November 17, 2021)

Over the past two days, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega visited two PA schools. One was visited to feature an in-school vaccine clinic to promote vaccines for students and the other to highlight safe in-person learning throughout the commonwealth. Overall, the theme of the visits was the best way to keep students learning in the classroom is to protect against COVID-19 as well as to encourage all eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with a focus on the pediatric vaccine for younger students.  

“We know that to keep students learning in the classroom, we have to use all of the resources at our disposal to ensure that they stay healthy, and the COVID-19 vaccine is just one more tool in our toolbox,” said Sec. Ortega. “Keeping students safe against illness has wide-reaching impacts on our communities, and we appreciate the partnerships that Pennsylvania’s schools are forming with their local community organizations to provide access to parents on a voluntary basis.”  

It was noted that the PA Department of Health (PDH) is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable, and efficient across the commonwealth. Interested parties are advised to use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near them. 

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