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[Photo Story] Inside The Bryce Jordan Center’s COVID-19 Vaccination Site

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, a beacon of hope emerged on Penn State’s campus Monday.

Centre Volunteers in Medicine transformed the Bryce Jordan Center’s concourse into a COVID-19 vaccination site on Monday and will continue to do so on Tuesday. CVIM Development Director Monica Wright said the organization plans to administer around 1,200 doses of the vaccine each day.

It was a seamless, well-oiled operation at the Jordan Center. Volunteers helped with everything from checking folks in to even injecting shots. An influx of cars lined Curtin Road outside the BJC’s ticketing office, where the clinic’s entrance was set up.

Folks patiently waited their turn as a volunteer would come out periodically with appointment times on a whiteboard. The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at a certain temperature, so getting people in and out is an exact science.

Inside the arena, spirits were incredibly high. Beatles tunes played over the loudspeaker while folks signed in and got registered. “It feels like Disneyland!” one volunteer said while ushering patients in.

While some volunteers handled injections, others filled syringes with the vaccine itself.

Quickly after filling out paperwork, folks were directed to one of multiple stations with syringes ready to go. Next came the fun part: getting the shot!

After receiving an injection, all patients were instructed to wait for 15 minutes before hitting the road. EMS workers were on standby in the event of an allergic reaction or any sort of medical emergency.

“Spread love, not COVID-19” was the quote of the day.

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