LATROBE, PA - Phase 1A-eligible Saint Vincent College community members were among the more than 700 people to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a large-scale vaccination clinic conducted at the Fred M. Rogers Center through the College’s partnership with The Mainline Pharmacy Group.
It was the first in what will be a series of vaccination clinics to be conducted at Saint Vincent by The Mainline Pharmacy Group, with future dates to be determined.
“Saint Vincent College is proud to enter into this partnership with The Mainline Pharmacy Group,” said Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “We have been in regular communication with Mainline about the vaccination of our community since the vaccine’s initial approval and we are now honored to be able to help them as a community partner. We are excited to offer our Phase 1A-eligible students and employees the opportunity to get vaccinated, while we are grateful to be able to help serve the region as a site for future vaccination clinics.”
The Mainline Pharmacy Group, which includes Bushy Run and Blairsville Pharmacies, has already given more than 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to long-term care patients and staff, front-line health care workers and other members of Phase 1A. Mainline will be holding large vaccination clinics across Westmoreland, Indiana, Somerset, Cambria and Blair Counties and its partnership with Saint Vincent is one of several in place, including with other local universities and organizations.
“The group vaccinated on Tuesday was part of a waiting list of close to 10,000 people,” said John Pastorek, pharmacist at Blairsville Pharmacy. “This includes those over 65 and younger people who meet the criteria to be in Phase 1A. The Mainline Pharmacy Group expects to take some significant strides through the list now that the partnerships with Saint Vincent and others have been finalized.”
People interested on being placed on The Mainline Pharmacy Group’s waiting list for the vaccine can email their name, age, contact info, occupation and medical conditions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Saint Vincent College community members will be notified of future vaccination opportunities through email, the MySV Portal and the College’s website.
The Mainline Pharmacy Group operates pharmacies across four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Along with Blairsville Pharmacy in downtown Blairsville and Bushy Run Pharmacy in Harrison City, Mainline’s other locations include Somerset and Davidsville in Somerset County and Ebensburg, Cresson, Nanty Glo and Portage in Cambria County.
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