On August 16, Alison Beam, acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, signed an executive order directing vaccine providers in the state to coordinate vaccination clinics at schools and universities when requested by administrators. Guess who was already doing it? The Chester-Upland School District.
Beam said public health investments will help keep COVID out of classrooms. “It’s clear that everyone wants to keep kids in the classroom and keep extracurricular activities going,” Beam observed. “That’s why we are encouraging all K-12 schools to take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring COVID-19 testing into schools at no expense to the school.”
LeRai Carter Martin, RN, MSN, is Chester-Upland School District’s Covid-19 vaccine coordinator and shared with me that their goal is to exceed the state average of 12-17 year olds vaccinated by partnering with every willing agency who will team with the district to make the vaccine easy and accessible for students to obtain.
Yesterday, ChesPenn brought out their mobile lab and was joined by Widener University nursing professor Karen May and four of her senior year nursing students serving their population health clinical responsibilities.