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County Vaccine Clinic Hours to Change, Upper Bucks Clinic to Return

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The new year is bringing some changes to the county’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics, including more convenient hours and the return of a previous location in Upper Bucks.

Beginning the second week of January, the county’s Jamison clinic at Warwick Square shopping center will move from the former Giant grocery store to the former Pet Valu store just a few doors away.

An Upper Bucks clinic will return one day a week to the Perkasie campus of Bucks County Community College. The Neshaminy Mall clinic’s location will remain unchanged.

Clinics are scheduled to reopen until Monday, Jan. 10.

When clinics reopen, they are set to operate on the following schedule:

Upper Bucks Campus (Perkasie)
Bucks County Community College
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Warwick Square (Jamison)
Monday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neshaminy Mall (Bensalem)
Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clinics will continue to administer vaccine at no cost to recipients. Primary and booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines all will be available at each clinic.

The clinics will be open exclusively to walk-ins. Scheduling of appointments will not be available.

The new clinic schedule comes as the county’s contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare is set to expire at the end of the year. AMI was the primary operator of the county’s vaccine clinics for much of 2021.

Replacing AMI is Bucks County-based Little Big Health Solutions. The firm was founded and is run by local clinicians.

During its Dec. 15 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved a nine-month, $3 million contract with the company. The cost of the contract is covered by federal dollars received through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Bucks County Health Department and the county Emergency Management Agency will maintain oversight of the clinics under the new contract.

For the latest on vaccine information, clinic hours and locations in Bucks County, visit buckscounty.gov/vaccines.

 

 

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Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured

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Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Takata Air Bags Still Under Recall

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Models flagged as being at an extreme risk are certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models containing so-called “alpha” airbags, and the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Also included are the 1999 BMW 323i and 328i, said in a Consumer Report dated July 10, 2024.

Do Not Drive warnings have been issued for these vehicles by NHTSA.

NHTSA said, a separate group of defective Takata air bags was recalled in late 2019. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, this recall involves non-azide driver inflators.

Consumer Reports said, a total of 67 million airbags have been recalled. As of April, 2024, NHTSA reports that 88 percent have been repaired/replaced, still leaving many millions of at-risk airbags on the road.

 

 

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Santarsiero, BCHIP to Host Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote Events

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) will host two keynote events, in partnership with the Blue Zones organization, to introduce Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area to the community.

On July 22nd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Wharf in Bristol Borough.  The keynote will be delivered by Margaret Brown from Blue Zones and will focus on the Lower Bucks area.

On July 23rd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Linksz Pavillion at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township.  The keynote will be delivered by Dan Buettner, Jr. from Blue Zones and will focus on the Central Bucks area.

Both events will include audience Q&A and will feature a panel of experts from the Blue Zones organization.

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: The Wharf, 100 Basin Street, Bristol

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Margaret Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: Bucks County Comm. College, Linksz Pavillion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Dan Buettner, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

Blue Zones is based on 20 years of research and scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health and happiness, from the longest-living communities in the world. During the Ignite phase of the partnership, Blue Zones will assess the current state of our Bucks area community’s well-being through engagement and education with local leaders and community members, culminating in recommendations for a full-scale transformation of our area to a Blue Zone.

Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area includes: Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Tullytown Borough, Morrisville Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Solebury Township, New Hope Borough, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Doylestown Borough, Plumstead Township, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Public RSVPs are requested online at https://www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/bluezonesignitebucksareakeynote/.

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