Reading, Pa – AMI Expeditionary Healthcare participated in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s tour of the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s COVID-19 vaccination area today to recognize educators and medical professionals for their commitment to providing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Pre-K-12 teachers and other school staff.
“We are proud to be working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on its very ambitious and important goal of vaccinating all teachers, childcare and school workers in the state. This will have enormous impact on communities across Pennsylvania,” said Mike Smith, Executive Vice President, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination for AMI Expeditionary Healthcare.
AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC, in concert with Constellis, is contracted by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and is operating and administering doses at all IU sites. The Pennsylvania National Guard provides additional support at some locations.
“We are relying on a proven track record of being on the ground across the country and globe,” said Dr. Andrew Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMI Healthcare Expeditionary LLS. “This endeavor shows how when we work together we can tackle this pandemic. We look forward to continued partnerships to try to eradicate COVID-19.”
As part of the priority to safely and quickly get more students back in the classroom, on March 3, Gov. Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a special initiative to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Pre-K-12 educators. The Wolf Administration is collaborating with 28 Intermediate Units (IUs) to equitably vaccinate school and contracted staff, including bus drivers and transportation personnel
To date, the IUs have provided 52,778 doses of the vaccine. Philadelphia is a separate vaccine jurisdiction.
“Less than two weeks ago, I announced a plan to vaccinate Pre-K-12 educators and because of the great partnership with the intermediate units, national guard and education groups these sites were quickly up and running,” said Gov. Wolf. “Our ultimate goal is to offer every public and private school worker a vaccine to protect people, help even more students return to the classroom, and get communities another step closer to normal.”
Pennsylvania received its first shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine – 94,600 doses — last week. The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently authorized the vaccine for emergency use. Pennsylvania is working through the Retail Pharmacy Program to vaccinate all early childhood education workers, including those not associated with an IU.
The goal is for 94,600 vaccines to be administered by March 22, 2021.
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