Regional Vaccination Clinic Held for School Employees

The Colonial Intermediate Unit 20’s Colonial Academy was utilized from March 12th through March 21st as a host-site for the Army National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC to administer J&J COVID-19 vaccines to over 5,500 school employees and contractors for the public and non-public local education agencies (LEAs) served by the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20.
The vaccine allocations per local education agency (LEA) were established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) based on an equitable and prioritized system. Colonial IU 20 coordinated the staff survey with the public and nonpublic schools to determine who would receive the vaccine.
Colonial IU 20 staff provided on-site support, coordinated logistics, and served as the local liaison for the duration of the clinic. The Bushkill Township Police Department, Northampton County Emergency Management Services, the Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency also played integral roles in the success of the clinic.
Students in Culinary Arts Program Gain Real-World Experience
Under the direction of Mr. Nicholas Strebig, students enrolled in Colonial Academy's Culinary Arts program provided catering services for the vaccination clinic workers. This provided an authentic career readiness learning experience for these dedicated students.