Shenandoah University has been honored for its participation in its COVID-19 mass-vaccination clinic, in partnership with Valley Health and Lord Fairfax Health District. The clinic has been opened since mid-January and has vaccinated thousands of people in Virginia.
On Friday March 5 at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center, Winchester Mayor David Smith presented a surprise proclamation of appreciation on behalf of the City of Winchester for the three-way partnership.
During the presentation, Smith honored the more than 650 volunteers — made up of Shenandoah University faculty, staff, students and alumni and Valley Health employees — who have helped administer the vaccine and staff the clinic.
President Tracy Fitzsimmons praised her partners in Valley Health and Dr. Colin Greene at Lord Fairfax Health District, along with the hundreds of volunteers at the clinic.
This is one of the most inspiring things I think that any of us have been involved in. How often, at least in higher education, do you get to say ‘There’s a life saved’ and ‘There’s another life saved.’ I do think we are in the business of saving lives, of saving hearts and minds, but it’s usually not so instantaneous as it is here.”
The clinic currently administers the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.