YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Tom Wolf announced new COVID-19 vaccine clinics at five state parks across the Commonwealth in order to create additional opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine and help slow the spread of the virus.
“Partnering with DCNR to provide these unique vaccination opportunities is a great way for us to ensure that communities have convenient access to vaccines, and it’s one more way we can help ensure our park communities are as safe as possible,” Wolf said.
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The clinics will be held at the following parks from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the designated days:
- Beltzville State Park (Carbon County): Saturday, September 11
- Shikellamy State Park (Union/Northumberland Counties): Saturday, September 18
- Codorus State Park (York County): Sunday, September 19
- Keystone State Park (Westmoreland County): Saturday, September 25
- Nockamixon State Park (Bucks County): Saturday, September 25
According to the press release, the parks were selected because they “are high use park visitation areas with good general vehicle access, adequate outdoor space, and easy park pedestrian access.”
Wolf’s announcement came one day after President Joe Biden revealed new national efforts to curb the surging delta variant of the coronavirus. Biden announced on Thursday, Sept. 10, that all employees with 100+ employees must either mandate vaccines or test weekly, according to NewsNation Now. This is just one piece of Biden’s six-pronged plan.
Shortly after Biden’s announcement, Gov. Wolf released a statement praising the president’s efforts to protect the public.
“I share President Biden’s commitment to ensure that as many eligible individuals as possible get vaccinated against this highly contagious and deadly virus. I’m grateful that the Biden Administration is taking strong steps to protect the public. I strongly support the efforts at the federal level to prioritize vaccinations, which further support my administration’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 – efforts that are working,” Wolf said.
Wolf was joined by Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and members of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) at 1:00 p.m. for the announcement.
“The outdoors have been important in helping Pennsylvanians maintain their physical and mental health, and these vaccine clinics are yet another way we can help people get through this pandemic,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said.
According to Wolf, two-thirds of Pennsylvanians ages 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation for total doses administered.
“Pennsylvanians understand that the best way to fight this virus is through vaccinations and the president’s announcement will further increase our vaccination rates and keep everyone safe,” Wolf said.
There is no cost to receive the vaccine at one of the clinics. Identification and insurance are preferred, but not required. Clinics will provide either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those due for a second dose of Pfizer can get it at one of the state park clinics.