MANAHAWKIN – The Southern Regional School District partnered with the Manahawkin Walmart to administer the Pfizer vaccine to students on a voluntary basis during the school day.
Jessica Del Rosso, a Pharmacist at the Manahawkin Walmart, had the idea of offering the vaccine to students and contacted Southern Regional’s Business Administrator Steve Terhune about planning a clinic. Southern’s administrative team planned a conference call with Del Rosso while Southern’s Assistant Chief School Administrator Megan Vile created a Google survey asking parents’ interest in the clinic.
Responses came flooding in and it was determined that the vaccine clinic for the students would be a great idea. Parents were able to register their child online and submit required forms before students received the vaccine.
“Jessica Del Rosso, Southern Class of 1998, is a first ballot Hall of Fame Rock Star. She was a pleasure to plan and work with and her team was incredible. They are extremely well-organized and efficient,” Southern’s Chief School Administrator Craig Henry said.
Henry further expressed how grateful the students were to receive the vaccine as all are looking forward to the end of this pandemic and the restrictions they have endured for the last 14 months.
The vaccine clinic was held on May 26 and participating students are scheduled to receive their second shot on June 17.
Del Rosso said that the Manahawkin Walmart will continue to offer the vaccine in the Pharmacy Department at no cost. Walk-ins are welcomed and no appointment is needed.