‘Grove Fills Kids’ Vax Clinic; Others Available Locally

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Dozens of parents and guardians of area children between the ages of 5 and 11 will take advantage Monday (Nov. 8, 2021) of roughly 400 vaccination appointments made available at Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road by the Pottsgrove School District, in a partnership with The Giant Company, the district reported.

Clinic announcements Pottsgrove distributed Tuesday (Nov. 2) brought a prompt responses from families. Appointments filled quickly to receive first-dose Pfizer-BioNTech-brand COVID-19 vaccinations approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Second doses will be offered to the same group of children at another clinic three weeks later, on Nov. 29 (Monday).

Although Pottsgrove’s slots are filled, and Communications Director Gary DeRenzo said no other district clinics are currently planned, there’s good news for families still seeking vaccinations for their children. Appointments remain available, as of Friday (Nov. 5) at 7 a.m., at about a dozen pharmacies located between 2 and 25 miles from the Pottstown 19464 zip code, according to the Vaccines.gov website operated by the CDC. Find them here.

Those who need telephone assistance to find vaccine sites should call the CDC toll-free at 1-800-232-0233.

Parents and guardians should know:

  • Vaccine supplies are limited at all locations, the CDC warned, primarily due to supply and demand. Early advance registration is advised, it added.
  • Second-dose appointments are generally scheduled before children and parents leave any site, on dates that follow the first dose by three weeks. Bring a calendar to ensure children are available for second doses.
  • Pennsylvania law requires a parent or guardian to accompany any student younger than age 18 at an appointment, and remain with them throughout the 15-minute waiting period required after vaccines are administered.
  • Informed consent forms must be completed before vaccines are administered.

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