WARREN, Pa. – Warren General Hospital will be holding a vaccine clinic for Warren County School District students at Warren Area High School on Tuesday, May 11.
“Warren General Hospital (WGH) has received doses of the Pfizer vaccine and has reached out to the Warren County School District for help in organizing a vaccination clinic for interested families of students ages 16 years or older,” WCSD said in an announcement on its website. “The clinic is set for May 11, 2021, at Warren Area High School, and will be similar to the Moderna vaccine clinic that was previously organized by WGH for WCSD employees.”
WCSD will provide transportation for students at Eisenhower, Sheffield and Youngsville to and from the clinic, and parents are able to accompany their children as well.
“We are definitely going to make it as accessible to those who want it as possible,” WCSD Superintendant Amy Stewart said.
Students are not required to receive the vaccine, and those under 18 must have their parent or guardian’s permission.
“I was very careful in my communication to make sure that we were articulating that it’s not mandatory,” Stewart said. “We were making sure that the opportunity was made available for students who wanted it. Students who are 16 and 17 need to have a parent cosign. 18-year-old students are able to consent on their own.”
Stewart said the district’s role in the employee vaccine clinic held in January has helped prepare the district to assist in the student clinic as well.
“Our role in the vaccine clinics that Warren General put on for our employees, put us at the front end to verify that it was, in fact, an employee,” Stewart said. “We’ll be doing the same (here). And we have access to students’ ages, so we will make sure that that’s all appropriate.”
The district posted, and high school principals sent home, a letter explaining the purpose of the clinic. The letter included a consent form and fact sheet about the Pfizer vaccine. The letter may be viewed here.
The part that Warren General is trying to do with us is just to make it convenient,” Stewart said.