Apr. 8—A covid vaccine clinic for certain older people will take place at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills later this month.
The clinic is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 at 250 Aster St.
Participants must be at least 50 years old, a registered client of the Penn Hills Senior Center or live at Duff Manor, Penn Arbors or Lavender Heights.
It's taking place through a partnership between Penn Hills EMS, the Allegheny County Housing Authority, Allegheny County Health Department and the Penn Hills School District.
EMS Supervisor Diane Fitzhenry is coordinating the effort with county officials.
"I'd like to see everybody that wants a vaccination get one and not have to travel all over God's creation to get it," Fitzhenry said. "The more people that we can get vaccinated, the more people that follow the rules, the sooner we can get back to some semblance of order. And the less likely someone ends up in the hospital and the less likely to end up on a ventilator."
Identification is required prior to vaccination.
No walk-ins will be accepted.
Schedule an appointment
Eligible people can schedule an appointment by calling 412-342-1199 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily until Monday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.
Allegheny County Health Department will then call those registered prior to the event to get more medical information.
Vaccines given will either be Moderna, which comes in two shots, or the one shot from Johnson & Johnson.
Fitzhenry said they will not know which one will be available until the event.
She hopes to have 360 people vaccinated. Only 40 have registered as of Wednesday.
The school directors unanimously approved the use of the school at last month's board meeting.
"The community owns these schools," Superintendent Nancy Hines said. "Therefore, I think we have an obligation to allow access. Certainly the pandemic creates challenges. It would seem to me we can do it in a safe manner. We've been using Linton all along for our board meetings, and we've been able to do that safely. It doesn't feel any different to me (letting EMS use the space). It's similar to what we would do as a polling place for elections."
The clinic was the result of teamwork between the EMS department and housing authority, which reached out to Fitzhenry after vaccinating seniors at Jefferson Manor in Penn Hills.
"It's really not been a bad experience," the supervisor said. "They've been cooperative. They wanted to know if there were other seniors (interested in getting the vaccine).
"It doesn't really matter who is involved as long as we can get this service to our residents."
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Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .