Pottsgrove, Giant Markets Planning Vaccine Clinic
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – About 400 doses of the two-shot Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 and its variants will be offered during a May 19 (2021; Wednesday) clinic, from 2-7 p.m. at Pottsgrove High School, to employees, students, their families, and district residents who need them, under a partnership between the school district and local Giant Company food markets, Superintendent Dr. William Shirk said.
Obtaining a vaccination will require advance scheduling through at portal at Giant. Registration details and a corresponding link are expected to be available sometime Wednesday (May 12) at the district website.
“Sometimes it’s good to be first,” Shirk said, as he made the announcement during the Board of School Directors’ virtual meeting Tuesday night (May 11). “We were first on the list with Giant,” he added, crediting district Communications Director Gary DeRenzo for persistent contact with pharmacy officials at the supermarket chain to make the clinic possible.
“This represents a good opportunity for parents to get their children vaccinated too,” Shirk added, because vaccinations will be open to all those age 12 years and older. “It’s also a great customer service opportunity” for the district, he acknowledged.
And, Shirk added, Giant will not only provide Pfizer second doses to the May 19 recipients during a June 9 return visit, but it expressed its willingness to offer another clinic if needed sometime in the near future.
The clinic will be a sizable undertaking for which volunteers will be needed, the superintendent noted. “We’re going to need help with set-up” of check-in, immunization, and post immunization waiting areas, he noted. Volunteers also will be needed to provide assistance during clinic hours. Individuals willing to offer time for the effort are asked to call the district at 610-327-2277.