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July 12, 2021: Mayor Eddie Morán announced today a key strategic COVID-19 vaccination initiative between the City of Reading, Penn State Health St. Joseph,and the Reading School District.


“It is vital as a community that we work together to identify resources to help our students safely return to school this fall,” said Mayor Morán. “It is a priority for our organizations to make vaccines available for any student age 12 and above who wants to be vaccinated.This a measure to protect them, our teachers, and the entire Reading community as this awful virus continuesto mutate into aggressive variants.”

Joe Frank, President of Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, stated“St. Joseph is thrilled to be partnering with Mayor Moran and the Reading School District to provide these critical life-saving vaccines to students and their families.St. Joseph is the largest healthcare provider in the City of Reading, and we have been holding vaccine clinics like these for several months to ensure anyone who wants a vaccine can get one.”

"Back-to-school planning is in full swing, and we are pleased to partner with the City of Reading and Penn State Health to host vaccination clinicsthis summer," Superintendent Khalid Mumin said. "We are hopeful all of our eligible students and their families will take advantage of this great opportunity. We are also grateful for these typesof 'all-in' community efforts, as they complement the outstanding work of our RSD Health Services Department and school nurses, who held free vaccination clinics and informational sessions throughout the pandemic."


Reading School District FREE Walk-in Vaccine Clinics(First Dose)
 

Friday, July 16: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Location: Southwest Middle School Auditorium
300 Chestnut Street
Reading, PA 19601

Friday, July 23:10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Location: Northwest Middle School Auditorium
1000 Front Street
Reading, PA. 19601

 

Friday, July 30: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Location: Reading High School Geigle Gymnasium
801 N. 13thSt.
Reading, PA 19604

 

Who can receive the Pfizer Vaccine?    Anyone 12 years of ageor older.

All students between the ages of 12-17 receiving their first dose MUST BE ACCOMPANIED by a parent or guardian at the vaccine clinic to sign the mandated permission form. No vaccine can be administered without a parent or guardian present.

Students age 18 or over DO NOT require permission from a parent or guardian.

When will I receive the second dose?

Friday, August 6: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. (for those that received their first dose July 16)
Location: Southwest Middle School Auditorium
300 Chestnut Street
Reading, PA 19601

Friday, August 13: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. (for those that received their first dose July 23)
Location:Northwest Middle School Auditorium
1000 N. Front StreetReading, PA 19601

Friday, August 20: 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. (for those that received their first dose July 30)
Location: Reading High School Geigle Gymnasium
801 N. 13thStreet
Reading, PA 19604

Must I register for these events?   No.    THESE ARE FREE WALK-IN EVENTS. No pre-registration is necessary.

Any family member of a student can also attend the event and receive a vaccine if they are not vaccinated.All individualswho receive the vaccine will get a FREE ICE CREAM CONE on the day of the event. (One per vaccinated person) 


Thereare additional prize incentives for students who receive the vaccine:
Any student who gets thevaccine will be eligible to:

Win “R” stickers for everyone vaccinated
• Enter a raffle for a backpack filled with school supplies (1 winner for every 50 vaccinations

Follow-up vaccine clinic incentives for the second dose will include:

• Enter a raffle for family passes to Dorney Park 3 winners
• Enter a raffle for laptop/iPad 3 winners