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September 10, 2021 - Wilkes-Barre, PA

Department of Education Visits Wilkes-Barre to Highlight Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, Congratulate CTC Student for Receiving International Award

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega and Special Advisor to the Secretary Dr. David Volkman joined Wilkes-Barre Area School District students, educators, and community partners to tour their new high school and discuss the importance of layered health and safety mitigation strategies, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Secretary Ortega and Special Advisor Volkman also commended the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to provide Wilkes-Barre Area students, ages 12 and up, with the Pfizer vaccine.

"I am grateful to our school communities for continuing to prioritize health and safety, so teaching and learning can continue in-person at school," Ortega said. "COVID-19 vaccination clinics, like the one at Kistler Elementary School in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District today, help us decrease the spread of COVID-19 and keep classrooms open."

In August, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) directed vaccine providers to support COVID-19 vaccination clinics at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. Additionally, the departments of Health and Education are partnering with Concentric by Ginkgo Bioworks to provide free COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools across the commonwealth to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and outbreaks in schools during the 2021-22 school year.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega, and Special Advisor Dr. David Volkman, say hello to students during a tour of the new Wilkes-Barre Area High School in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega, right, talks with Dr. Brian Costello, superintendent of Wilkes-Barre Area School District, left, during a tour of the new Wilkes-Barre Area High School in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega, talks with David C. Namey, instructor of electrical construction, at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Wilkes-Barre Area High School students walk the halls between classes in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega congratulates 19-year-old Victoria Thomas, who was the  Health Occupation Students of America 2021 Virtual International Leadership Conference winner, inside the health assistance program room at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega gets a sick medical lesson from 19-year-old Victoria Thomas, who was the  Health Occupation Students of America 2021 Virtual International Leadership Conference winner, inside the health assistance program room at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega talk with Wilkes-Barre Area School District staff and board members outside of the high school in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega, left, Special Advisor Dr. David Volkman, center, talk with David C. Namey, instructor of electrical construction, at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega gets a tour of the new Wilkes-Barre Area High School in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega shakes hands with 19-year-old Victoria Thomas, who was the  Health Occupation Students of America 2021 Virtual International Leadership Conference winner, inside the health assistance program room at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega, left, Special Advisor Dr. David Volkman, center, and Dr. Brian Costello, superintendent of Wilkes-Barre Area School District, take a tour of the new auditorium inside the high school in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>19-year-old Victoria Thomas, who was the  Health Occupation Students of America 2021 Virtual International Leadership Conference winner, smiles with her mother, Emily Lorenzen, left, and grandmother, LuAnn Shupe, center, inside the health assistance program room at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega shakes hands with 19-year-old Victoria Thomas, who was the  Health Occupation Students of America 2021 Virtual International Leadership Conference winner, inside the health assistance program room at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Wilkes-Barre Area High School students in the gymnasium between classes in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19115_PDE_CovidClinic_NK_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega, talks with David C. Namey, instructor of electrical construction, at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, September 10, 2021.