University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown Students Help Vaccinate Local Seniors

In an effort to coordinate Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, representatives from various sectors have come together to form the Cambria/Somerset Covid-19 Task Force. The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Baccalaureate Nursing Program, Richland Family Health Center, and the Johnstown Housing Authority have partnered to vaccinate residents of Vine Street Tower, Connor Tower and Town House Tower on Saturday, March 13. Approximately 500 residents, all of which are elderly or disabled, had the opportunity to receive the Covid-19 vaccination. "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 while getting vaccinated in preparation of administering doses or observing.