Please Touch Museum holds vaccine clinic during free admission day

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Families will have the opportunity to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations on a day off at Please Touch Museum Sunday. The museum works with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to give the vaccines to children as young as 6 months and their parents.

CHOP says it has enough shots to vaccinate anyone who wants it at the event. Workers say this is such an important step to protect the community.

“They’re already out here with their family and they can just come in and get the shot today,” said Meghan Mack, a nurse at CHOP who helps run the clinic. She says this is the ideal environment for children to be vaccinated.

“Getting a vaccine could be scary. We have a lot of staff here who are well trained in working with children and it’s very important to give them a space where they feel comfortable,” she said.

It’s a simple process for anyone who wants a recording. The museum is open for free on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During this time, any visitor from the age of 6 months can visit a back room and receive either their vaccine or booster dose depending on their eligibility.

“Our core audience is typically eight years old and under, so we really see that this is the first time that the majority of our visitors can be vaccinated,” said Olivia Thomas, the museum’s chief learning officer.

It’s part of a series the museum is doing this summer called Ready. Sentence. school where they offer programs focused on health.

“To really prepare families for all the things they need to do to prepare for school. They just got out of school, but we want them to think about what to prepare for the summer,” Thomas said.

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 is a big part of it. As an extra bonus for everyone who takes their pictures, the museum is giving away free ice cream for the whole family.

In addition to the vaccination clinic, the museum also offers resources on other health areas such as nutrition.

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