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Senior center to host COVID vaccine event

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination program in the future, the Common Council learned Monday night.

Information about the COVID shots were included in the center’s report as part of the council meeting at City Hall.

Center Executive Director Diedrie Roemer reported that Palmer’s Pharmacy in Johnstown is planning to conduct a COVID-19 Vaccination Program at the senior center “when the vaccine becomes available to them.”

“I know that many of our members are anxious to get the COVID-19 vaccine and find it difficult to navigate the system for an appointment,” she said.

Roemer said the Palmer’s program will be for seniors 65 and older, and appointments will be scheduled on the store’s website — www.palmerhealth.org — when doses are available.

She said she and Mayor Vern Jackson are “excited” to help provide this “vital service” to seniors. She said more information will be imparted later.

Meanwhile, Roemer said 450 people came into the center in January. She said the center remains diligent to keep everyone safe and appreciates cooperation regarding mask wearing and following COVID guidelines.

Unfortunately, she reported the AARP canceled its tax preparation service at the center for this year. At this time, the AARP defensive driving course is also canceled due to the pandemic.

“We will provide these services in the future when AARP feels it is safe to do so,” Roemer said.

Roemer asked seniors to mark their calendars for the third Tuesday of each month and stop in for a free blood pressure check. Registered nurse Angela Stover is at the center those days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and she will answer questions.

The center’s “Knitting and Crochet” group will start meeting again from 1 to 3 p.m. March 1 in the dining room. Bonnie Schwartz is the teacher, and beginners to experts are welcome Monday afternoons.

The 50 Plus Club conducts fun and games at 1 p.m. Thursdays, followed by refreshments. Pitch players enjoy playing cards at 1 p.m. Mondays and 3 p.m. Thursdays.

The Eavesdropper publication has details on all center classes, links and events. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy can call the business office at (518) 762-4643. The Eavesdropper also hangs outside on a post at the center entrance so members can drive up and get one without having to enter the building.

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