The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 (IU5) will serve as a host site for the administration of vaccines for school employees in Erie, Crawford and Warren counties, IU5 Executive Director Brad Whitman announced Wednesday. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced a plan to prioritize the vaccination of teachers and other school staff against COVID-19 in a push to get students quickly and safely back into the classroom. 

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 to eligible school employees and contractors served by IU5. The shots will be administered with the assistance of the Army National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC.

The number of doses IU5 will receive are not known at this time; however, vaccine allocations per local education agency have been established by the Pa. Dept. of Health and the Pa. Dept. of Education based on an equitable and prioritized system, according to Whitman. 

Additionally, vaccination site operations, scheduling and administration of the vaccines are being directed by the Army National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare. IU5 will provide facility support and assistance as needed.