The Penn Hills School District recently hosted a vaccination clinic at Linton Middle School as part of its ongoing efforts to provide people 12 and older with the opportunity to get vaccinated.
Superintendent Nancy Hines said eight people were injected with Pfizer on Friday as part of a partnership with UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
The clinic was open to the public and participants did not have to be from the district.
“While we were hoping for a higher number, we recognize and appreciate that each newly vaccinated person helps us with the larger goal of keeping our community safe,” Hines said.
Junior Taylor Roach, 16, was one of the Penn Hills students who participated.
“I just want to be safer with my classmates, and I applaud too,” she said. “I hope to be safer with the cheerleaders and the soccer players.”
Taylor said she felt great after her second shot.
“It was almost painless, and I’m not very good with pain,” she said. “I just want to go back to normal. I am delighted to be going back to school because I was “virtual” most of the last year.
Taylor’s father, Noel Roach Jr., who is also vaccinated, said he supported his daughter’s decision to get the shot and the district to host its clinics.
“I think it’s a great idea and a great thing for the community,” he said. “I think it is necessary for the health and safety of the masses. I understand that people have their own views (on vaccinations), but I just think it is necessary for the health and safety of all of us that we take the necessary steps and get vaccinated.
The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year was Monday. Everyone in the buildings is required to wear a mask or face covering.
The August 27 clinic was the fourth hosted by the Penn Hills School District this year and the third in Linton in particular. He also hosted one in high school.
The first was held in April in conjunction with the Allegheny County Health Department and Penn Hills EMS.
EMS supervisor Diane Fitzhenry said about 70 people received injections during this session. More than 150 people in total received the vaccine in clinics.
Penn Hills has joined the competition with the Woodland Hills School District to see which one gets the most vaccinated soccer players and cheerleaders at their Sept. 17 game in Penn Hills.
“I think it’s awesome,” Woodland Hills Superintendent James Harris said Tuesday. “Nancy Hines and I work really well together, and I think it’s a great idea. It works for us. It’s something fun to do with a good lens.
A Pfizer clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on game day for those 12 and older at Linton Middle School.
The winning district will receive a pizza party after the game sponsors former Penn Hills physician and physician Dr. Robert Crossey and Premier Medical Associates.
“I think it’s a good way to fuel the rivalry,” Taylor said. “It will help people stay safe and will also make them want to compete with other schools. “
An estimated 3,300 students in Woodland Hills started school on August 23. That district also required everyone to wear masks indoors even before Tuesday’s statewide mandate.
More information on the activities of the Penn Hills School District is available online at phsd.k12.pa.us.