Daily Times (Primos, PA)

GIVING BACK

Vaccinated senior living residents help with clinic

- By Shea Singley ssingley@southschuy­lkillnews. com @SheaSingle­y on Twitter

Residents of The Highlands of Wyomissing know how it feels to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They now want to help the community experience those same feelings.

The continuing care retirement community and West Reading’s Esterbrook

Pharmacy have partnered together to host community vaccinatio­n clinics at The Highlands for those currently eligible as part of the state’s Phase 1A group. The most recent two-day clinic started Monday and will continue Tuesday with the goal of vaccinatin­g up to 1,300 community members with the Pfizer vaccine.

Including this week’s clinic, Kevin DeAcosta, president and CEO of The

Highlands at Wyomissing, said they will be close to having administer­ed 3,000 doses of vaccine through the clinics so far.

Residents give back

Running a smooth and efficient clinic, particular­ly with COVID safety precaution­s in place, requires many moving parts and a number of staff and volunteers. In addition to pharmacy and The Highlands staff members, community residents have volunteere­d their time to help with the clinics.

“Living here at The Highlands

has been a gift, during this entire pandemic,” said Pat Gernert, 88. “The Highlands is a gift which fills us with gratitude because they kept us in a bubble of safety. It’s the gift they gave us to keep us safe and then when the vaccine became available it filled us with gratitude again.”

Gernert said the vaccine has given her more freedom as she feels safer going out again, such as going into the drug store or using the drive-thru at her bank. She now wants to give that same freedom to others.

“I’m volunteeri­ng now,

it’s what you do, giving back,” she said. “There’s many ways to give back. You give back with your hands. You can give back with your checkbook. You can give back with your mind. It’s giving back, you live to give.”

Gernert volunteere­d at the second dose scheduling station during Monday’s clinic. There she helped attendees schedule their second dose appointmen­ts, set three weeks from now at The Highlands at the same time they received their first dose. At the table, she had the chance to speak

with attendees while filling out their vaccine cards.

“This is wonderful and I’m meeting lovely people here,” she said. “People are so full of gratitude.”

Fellow resident Carol Duchynski, 78, was also at the second dose scheduling station. Duchynski has a history of volunteeri­ng and enjoys helping in whatever way she can with any project.

“I think this is a really worthy cause, and I’m very happy to do it,” she said. “It’s been very rewarding. People are so gracious and

 ?? SHEA SINGLEY — READING EAGLE ?? The Highlands of Wyomissing residents, seated from front to back, Eve Kimball, Jane Bitner, Carol Duchynski and Diana Kleiner volunteer at the two-day COVID-19vaccine clinic on Monday. Sponsored by The Highlands and Esterbrook Pharmacy in West Reading, the goal of the clinic is to vaccinate up to 1,300communi­ty members.
SHEA SINGLEY — READING EAGLE The Highlands of Wyomissing residents, seated from front to back, Eve Kimball, Jane Bitner, Carol Duchynski and Diana Kleiner volunteer at the two-day COVID-19vaccine clinic on Monday. Sponsored by The Highlands and Esterbrook Pharmacy in West Reading, the goal of the clinic is to vaccinate up to 1,300communi­ty members.

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