Children Can Combine COVID Vaccine with Pictures with Santa

The Wright Center for Community Health is combining holiday tradition and spirit with an important public health initiative in December to ensure every family member in Northeast Pennsylvania can safely celebrate the joyous holiday season.

“Pictures with Santa,” will enable children of all ages to carefully recite their wish list to the jolly old elf, as parents snap pictures of the treasured moment and participate in one of the vaccine clinics.

The Wright Center will be offering the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children, ages 5-11, with their parent’s permission, and vaccines for adults.

The holiday-themed events will be available free to the public at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave., Scranton, on Friday Dec. 3 from 2-5:30 p.m., and Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn, on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be available at both vaccination clinics. The Moderna vaccine will be administered at the Scranton Practice and the Mid Valley Practice will have the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for people who are 12 and older.

To schedule a vaccine appointment at the Scranton or Mid Valley practices, please go to and click on the “make an appointment” link at the top, center of the page and follow the directions. 

The vaccine clinic will be available simultaneously at both locations during “Pictures with Santa.” Parents can choose to have their children vaccinated before visiting Santa or after the annual tradition. The special event enables children and their families to participate in the holiday festivities in a safe and socially-distanced manner and meet Santa for a picture. Guests are invited to capture the special moments with their personal cameras. 

COVID-19 masking will be required for everyone who participates in the event. 

“Vaccination is the best tool to keep ourselves and our children safe from COVID-19,” said Geraldine McAndrew, the director of Patient & Community Engagement “We carry our mission directly into the communities we serve, and hope to take the opportunity to encourage children and families to get vaccinated.”

To reserve a time for a photo with Santa, please call McAndrew at 570-267-4199 or email her at

Athlete of the Month: Ron Prislupski

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross junior soccer player Ron Prislupski has a formula for achieving success.

And he is using it to his benefit, 

Son of Ron and Katie Prislupski, the All-Regional junior soccer player credits his dad with the formula.

“My dad always tells me to visualize success,” he said.

“So I always arrive an hour before a soccer match and go out on the field and practice plays. During the time I am out there, I visualize what I am going to do in the match. I practice my moves. I visualize success. My dad also teaches me to be humble. And being humble and having humility also leads to success.” 

Named the Times-Tribune Soccer Performer of the Year, the talented Holy Cross junior was named to the Pennsylvania Boys Soccer Coaches All-State team. He was also the Lackawanna League Division II Player of the Year.

A second time All-Regional selection, he smashed school and Lackawanna League scoring records by netting 72 goals and now has a school record 110 for his career. He totaled 17 assists.

With great speed to beat defenders, he has ball skills and the vision to go through traffic and is a highly accurate shooter and passer.

He led the Crusaders to their first District 2 soccer title since 2009 and a state playoff berth.

He led the nation in goals per game.

An unselfish soccer performer, the scholar-athlete also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 academic average. His best academic subject is Math.

A three-year soccer performer at Holy Cross, he was named to the Lackawanna League Coaches All-Star team as a freshman.

A member of Student Council and the National Honor Society, he is a two-year member of the Holy Cross track and field team. He earned a silver medal in the 800 relay and bronze medal in the 800 meter run,

Well spoken and articulate, Ron said he wants to play soccer on the collegiate level. “I want to major in finance in college and play soccer. I will choose a college where those two go hand in hand. Beyond that, I would like to play soccer on a professional level.

“My immediate goal is to help lead Holy Cross to a state soccer title next year.” 

A hard worker and confident, Ron said Holy Cross soccer coach Joe Dodgson is teaching him a lot. “He says it all starts with a game plan. He tells us we have the talent to get the job done. He tells us not to get frustrated and good things will happen.”

The motivated junior who plays the striker position on the soccer team, said he was excited when he heard on Thanksgiving day about being named Performer of the Year. “I was very happy. It is a great award. It was also nice to see my teammate Drew Smith being named with me to the All-Region team as a midfielder. That was equally exciting news.”

Ron, polite in nature, said he enjoys music and would like to see Drake in concert.

He is thoroughly enjoying his experience at Holy Cross. “I love it,” he said. “Coming here is one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. The teachers, students, coaches and administration here are all so friendly and helpful. They all contribute to your success. 

“It is like one big family.” 

Booster Shots Available Through Wright Center

The Wright Center for Community Health is now administering booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for all adults. Anyone 18 and older who received their Pfizer or Moderna primary vaccine at least six months ago or received a Johnson & Johnson dose at least two months ago can make an appointment.

Adults seeking a Pfizer booster can make an appointment at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn. Moderna boosters are available at all other Wright Center locations, including, Clarks Summit Practice, 1145 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township; Hawley Practice, 103 Spruce St., Hawley; Kingston Practice, 2 Sharpe St., Kingston; Scranton Counseling Center, 329 Cherry St., Scranton; Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave., Scranton; South Franklin Street Practice, Wilkes-Barre, and West Scranton Intermediate School-Based Health, 1401 Fellows St., Scranton.

To make an appointment, visit or call 570-230-0019.