Mainline Pharmacy has held vaccine clinics regularly over the past month at Pitt-Greensburg, providing free vaccinations in the Chambers Hall Gymnasium. The clinic is expected to continue running for the next three to five months.
The clinic is open to students as well as the general public. Interested individuals can schedule online here.
Jodi Kraisinger, director of University Relations and Institutional Advancement, asked the student body for volunteers at the Mainline Pharmacy clinic.
“You have assisted in vaccinating more than 3,000 people thus far. It takes at least 75 volunteers at each clinic to make this happen,” Kraisinger said, thanking all the students who have volunteered.
Students who would like to volunteer can sign up here until May 10. Students can volunteer as a greeter, work at the check-in table, help with registration, handle scheduling, entering data, and more. Volunteer slots take about three hours.
Taylor Russo, psychology major, volunteered at the check-in table and plans to volunteer again.
“It was seamless. People were in and out. When people came in through the doors, I would sign them in, plan the second vaccination time if they needed it, and walk them over to an open table,” Russo said. “I think Pitt nursing or pre-med students were giving vaccinations.”
The back entrance of the Gym has been open during the clinic hours so that individuals are not walking throughout Chambers to get into the clinic. There are about 12 tables spaced out throughout the Gym with a line of socially distanced chairs.
Student volunteers have the opportunity to receive the vaccine through the clinic as well. Russo received her vaccine when she signed up to volunteer.
“They are giving out the Moderna vaccine, which is a two-step process. I didn’t have any negative side effects besides the common sore arm,” Russo said. “Clients stayed after receiving their vaccine for 15 minutes before leaving to make sure they didn’t experience any immediate reactions.”
As of April 13, all individuals 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania. Nurse Pamela Freger, director of the Health Center, advises everyone to sign up as soon as they can because slots tend to fill rapidly.
She also advised students that have any questions about vaccination or its process to call the Pennsylvania Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258. Further information about vaccinations is also available on the CDC’s website.
Students can find more vaccine provider locations in Pennsylvania here.