UNCG Magazine

March 12, 2021

CLINIC OPENS, UNCG COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER FOR VACCINES

  • Whitney Phillips, a senior in the School of Nursing and a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army
  • Melissa Poillot-Micca, health educator in the UNCG School of Nursing

    Photo 1: Whitney Phillips, a senior in the School of Nursing and a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, prepping a shot. Photo 2: Melissa Poillot-Micca, health educator in the UNCG School of Nursing, administering a shot.

    Dr. Tami Draves was checking her email when a message arrived letting her know UNC Greensboro would host a coronavirus vaccine clinic.

    Draves, interim director and associate professor in the UNCG School of Music, was eligible to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    She immediately made her appointment to receive the vaccine on March 11, the first day that UNCG’s vaccine clinic opened in Elliott University Center.

    It’s been a full year of living in a pandemic, Draves noted. “So it was really exciting to be able to get in here and get a shot and see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

    Faculty, staff, and student employees who work at a college or university in Guilford County are eligible to receive the vaccine at UNCG’s clinic.

    The clinic offered 672 appointments on Thursday, and it didn’t take long for every time slot to get booked. UNCG expects to give out around 1,750 doses in the first week of the clinic.

    Volunteers from the UNCG School of Nursing, including students, faculty and alumni, administered the vaccine – one after another and sometimes with only a few moments in between patients.

    “This opportunity allows me to be a part of a community that has a passion and commitment to protect, serve, and make a difference because we care,” said Whitney Phillips, a senior in the School of Nursing and a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army.

    Around 75 clinical and nonclinical volunteers from across UNCG’s campus assisted with the clinic on the first day. UNCG’s Student Health Services and the UNCG Office of Emergency Management are serving as the medical and operational leads for the clinic.

    “Being able to host such a large vaccination clinic on our campus wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for all the clinical and nonclinical volunteers made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and volunteers from around the community,” said Zachary Smith, director of UNCG’s Office of Emergency Management. “They helped make this happen.”UNCG School of Nursing professor Dr. Susan Letvak

    UNCG School of Nursing professor Dr. Susan Letvak handing a vaccine card.

    Learn more about the clinic

    By Alex Abrams, School of Nursing
    Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

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