College Students, Staff, Area Residents Receive Vaccines
POTTSTOWN PA – A vaccination clinic Friday (Aug. 20, 2021) at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown attracted the state’s executive deputy secretary of education, state House representatives, the college president, and a small army of medical personnel and assistants. The real VIPs in the audience, though, were students, employees, and local residents who arrived for COVID-19 shots.
The clinic (at top), sponsored by the college and several partners, was its latest attempt to ensure everyone on any of its campuses across the county was protected against the coronavirus. College President Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez (at left) attended the event in her official capacity, but said she also had a personal interest in its success.
“I’m a county resident too,” she explained. “This is important to me.”
The college “is committed to the safety and wellness of our students, employees and the communities we serve,” Bastecki-Perez added. “We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.”
MCCC benefited from plenty of assistance in its effort:
- Giant Pharmacy supplied both Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines as available, and pledged to also supply second doses for either in three-week follow-up appointments. Its distribution ensured all who received a first shot Friday would also get their second without having to hunt for it.
- The county Immunization Coalition joined the college in hosting two clinics (the first was held Aug. 6 at the Blue Bell campus). At both, its “AmVaxador” representatives (above) helped ensure the process moved smoothly.
- In partnership with JBS Foods, people who attended the event received free food at a picnic area just outside the college building’s doors. Visitors also had the chance to enter drawings for prizes, including free meat for a family of four for a year.
Dr. Deb Carrera, Pennsylvania’s executive deputy secretary of education (above at left), visited the five-hour clinic at its 10 a.m. start, accompanied by state Reps. Joe Ciresi and Napoleon Nelson (above at right). Continuing health and safety measures like the clinics are necessary “as colleges and universities across the commonwealth prepare to welcome students back to campus,” she said.
Vaccinations are valuable tools, Carrera observed, that will allow “Pennsylvania’s students (to) continue to have access to in-person teaching and learning.” She commended the college for its campaigns.
Photos by The Posts
Carrera photo by Susan Angstadt, supplied by MCCC