University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown Partners with Community for More Vaccine Rollouts

In an effort to support the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out across the region, Pitt-Johnstown joined community partners to provide campus resources and healthcare talent. Joining forces with Richland Family Health Center (RFHC), and the Johnstown Housing Authority (JHA), faculty and students played a critical role in a mammoth effort to help Mainline Pharmacy distribute more than 10,000 doses of the MODERNA vaccine at the Murtha Center on campus. Pitt-Johnstown nursing students also assisted a community outreach effort, vaccinating approximately 500 residents of Vine Street, Connor, and Town House Towers in downtown Johnstown.   

"Students and faculty are pleased to have the opportunity to serve the Johnstown community. The partnership between the COVID Task Force, JHA, RFHC and Pitt-Johnstown Nursing is an amazing and unique interdisciplinary public health initiative. Students are participating in a real-world public health initiative and what they are seeing happen today will guide their future professional practice,” said Elizabeth Katrancha, Program Coordinator, Pitt-Johnstown Nursing.  

At a vaccination clinic organized by Pitt-Johnstown at the Senior Life Center, four freshmen Biology students, Ben Schrader, Jacob Urban, Damilola Afolabi Aiyolokun, and Rebecca Williamson, volunteered their time to shadow public health workers. 

Nursing student, Madison Kist, administering a vaccination