The regional vaccination clinic at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center is reopening with the Moderna vaccine.
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As summer approaches, state officials are encouraging college students to get vaccinated. Students are able to transfer vaccines to their hometowns if they receive their first dose on campus.

Acting physician general for the Pennsylvania Department of Health Dr. Denise Johnson says students can get the second dose anywhere. They just need to make sure to get the same vaccine.

“Remember that for the mRNA vaccines, which would be the Pfizer and the Moderna, they're not interchangeable so if you had Pfizer for the first dose you need Pfizer for the second," Johnson said.

Penn State students walk across the University Park campus at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester.
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Phase 1B of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s vaccination plan includes people living in “congregate settings.”  The category includes people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and rehab facilities. But in response to inquiries from WPSU, DOH deputy press secretary Maggi Barton said college students living in dorms are not included in that group. 


Penn State announced Monday that both the Child Care Center at Hort Woods and the Bennett Family Childcare Center at University Park will reopen on Aug. 19.
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Penn State announced Monday it will move a virtual town hall on the return to in-person instruction for the fall semester because it fell on Juneteenth.

A new bill allows Pennsylvania youth in the foster care system to attend any college or university in the state tuition free.
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Starting with the fall 2020 semester, Pennsylvania youth who have been in foster care will be able to attend any college or university in Pennsylvania tuition free thanks to a waiver program signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf this June.

Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State Jennie Noll says the waivers will benefit a population that often has bad outcomes.