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Richland Students Receive Vaccine

A healthcare provider in Cambria County is making it even easier for people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, while at school or work.

Windber Medical Center is making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible for people in the community. Tuesday, they held a vaccination clinic at Richland High School, giving students their first opportunity to receive the vaccine during school.

“They don’t have to leave the school. They don’t have to go into a hospital setting. They’re comfortable in this environment, they can bring a parent, have another student member come with them. So, it’s more of an ease that give them while they’re in their own environment,” said Windber Medical Center’s Director of Women’s Services, Erin Goins.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was distributed, which the FDA has authorized for people as young as 16 years old.

“All of our 18 years old students, a bunch of our seniors are 18 and they’re able to get it without parent permission. Our 16 and 17 year old students have to have a parent or a family member here to receive the shot,” said Richland School District’s Director of Education, Brandon Bailey.

This clinic’s timing is especially important for younger adults.

“We’ve seen younger patients testing positive for COVID and having sever illness, so I think that’s very important,” said Windber Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Csikos.

And students were relieved to now be halfway to saying their vaccinated against, COVID-19.

“It was fairly simple and the fact that it took less than a minute just to go over there, get the shot and then we were done. It was fairly simple and that’s very convenient,” said Richland Senior, Zachary Page.

To find a vaccination clinic near you, visit our Windber Hospital’s website.

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