Get your turkey – with a secondary vaccine order – Delco Times
BOROUGH OF DARBY – Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings includes a secondary vaccine order for hundreds of Delaware County residents.
An immunization clinic for adults and children was held Thursday at Park Lane Primary School, hosted by the William Penn School District in partnership with the Southeast Delco School District.
The first 200 families received a Thanksgiving basket that included a medium-sized turkey, gravy mix, corn muffin mix, canned vegetables, sweet potatoes, dessert mix, and hand sanitizer.
The clinic was open to anyone aged 5 and over to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The medical teams offered first injections, second injections and booster injections to everyone and walk-in people were welcome.
âThis is our fourth clinic that we have, we wanted to tie it down somewhat to the facts for which we have a lot to be grateful for,â said Dr Eric J. Becoats, William Penn School District Director, who visited the clinic talking to parents and children. âIf you get the vaccine, we provide free turkeys and this is a community event. “
The Philadelphia Children’s Hospital provided the vaccines while Aramark donated the 200 turkeys and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. provided a substantial monetary donation.
The second clinic for those who received injections will be held on December 9.
Beacoats said more than 150 people registered for the event and the inclusion of the turkey dinner helped encourage more people to register.
âI think it helps, it doesn’t hurt,â Beacoats said. âWe have about 83% of our staff vaccinated and we do weekly antigen tests if you are not vaccinated. “
For Odesa Turner, who was first in line, the event was obvious.
âI got a booster, I got my full vaccine in April, I’m watching CNN and it’s obvious, people are dying. I also got my flu shot not long ago.
Turner said his eldest son didn’t want to get the shot because he was influenced by stories on the internet.
âThere has been intense communication within our home, take it or not take it,â she said. “I have to lead by example that I am taking, I hope now that I have received my reminder and that he (his grandson) takes it, they will follow the example to do the same.”
Turner said the turkey dinner was “a little bit of motivation too.”
For Lucille Bond, the vaccine is vitally important. She fell ill with covid last year and it hit her badly. She doesn’t want to get it back.
âIt was a terrible time to be sick. I cannot stress enough the importance of avoiding, âsaid Bond.
Nationally, the number of people contracting the virus is on the rise again; in Delaware County, the two-week average is 102 new cases per day.
At the Delaware County Council meeting on Wednesday, Medical Advisor Dr Lisa O’Mahony said the numbers in Delaware County were moving in a troubling direction.
âDelaware County remains at high risk for transmission of COVID-19 with the most recent seven-day positivity at 5.4%. This represents an increase from the previous seven days of 5.1 percent, âsaid O’Mahony. âThe incidence rate per 100,000 has also increased over the past seven days, from 82.9 to 85.6. “
O’Mahoney said new cases rose from 470 to 485 last week; However, hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses have declined over the past seven days.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health Vaccine Dashboard, more than 314,000 residents are fully vaccinated Thursday in Delaware County. 52,200 residents received an injection and 52,500 received a booster injection. These numbers equal 67.2% of the population with at least one hit in the county. There have been 1,520 deaths in Delaware County from the virus, or 282.2 deaths per 100,000 population.
Steve Ferrell had already had the vaccine but once it was available to his children Caitlin, 10, and Connor, 8, they wanted to receive it.
âThey wanted, they were ready,â Ferrell said. âWe want to get back to normal, as normal as possible. “
âIt’s the smart thing to do,â said Jason Lane, who was at the clinic with his children, Lily, 11, Miles, 7, and Aubriel, 5. “We hope to travel soon and want them to be protected.”