Gov. says teacher/school staff vaccinations completed ahead of schedule

KINGSTON, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that the special vaccination initiative for teachers and school staff was completed in only about three weeks, two weeks ahead of the projected schedule.

“This is a great success, and I am so proud of everyone who made it happen,” Wolf said. “We know that teachers and students want to be back in the classroom where students can learn, laugh and grow with their friends. Completing our special vaccination initiative is a big milestone for Pennsylvania, one that will better protect schools, families and communities.

More than 112,500 individuals were vaccinated, as an important step to help more students and teachers safely return to classrooms across the state, according to a news release.

“Vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to this pandemic, and with the completion of this special initiative, we are one step closer to the end of that tunnel. That is something for everyone in the commonwealth to celebrate,” Wolf said.

Shortly after the federal government approved the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for use, Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced on March 3 a special initiative to provide a voluntary opportunity for Pre-K to 12 educators and school staff to be vaccinated. The Wolf Administration partnered with the state’s 28 intermediate units to rapidly establish vaccine clinics and conduct outreach to teachers and staff through school districts to schedule appointments.