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Let’s do it again

Solon COVID-19 clinic finishes second dose
Pharmacists Kelly Kent, Randy McDonough and Jill Weetman in the gym of the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center March 19 during a clinic administering a second dose of Pfizer vaccine to patients.

SOLON– It went just as smoothly the second time around.
Over 1,100 people received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and local residents to host a vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.
Those who took part in the by-appointment clinic reserved for individuals 65 years of age or older were automatically enrolled for a second dose at the same site, day and time on March 19-20.
“I just want to express my gratitude to all of the volunteers that made the clinics a success,” noted senior advocate Jill Weetman of Solon. “There were so many acts of kindness and compassion by all who helped. I am so proud to be part of the Solon community.”
Towncrest Pharmacy co-owner Kelly Kent agreed.
“We had great turnout from patients to receive their second dose and were able to keep everyone moving so there was minimal waiting,” she reported. “Most importantly, we continued to be overwhelmed with the amazing community and county support. What a wonderful community effort to be a part of.”
Kent said less than 10 patients were unable to make their appointment Friday due to illness or other extenuating circumstances.
“Working with others in the county, we actually prepared a list of patients due for their second doses that have been unable to receive their second dose from the agency that administered their first doses,” she explained. “This was a wonderful accomplishment given the importance of completing their vaccine series and ensuring no dose is wasted.”
The Solon clinic was organized in four days after Towncrest was notified of a large shipment of the Pfizer vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The 1,170 doses had to be used within 10 days and once a vaccine bottle is punctured, the contents must be used within six hours.
Weetman, a pharmacist at NuCara Long-Term Care in Iowa City and Towncrest Pharmacy, said they aren’t done yet.
Towncrest Pharmacy, Solon United Methodist Church, Solon Senior Support and Senior Advocates plan to host another set of clinics on April 9 (first dose) and April 30 (second dose) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The clinics will be for age 65 and over, and for age 64 and under with qualifying medical conditions, she said.
An Interest Form has been placed on the Solon Senior Support website (www.solonseniorsupport.org) and Facebook page where people can leave their contact information, Weetman announced.
“We will contact them by email or phone before the next clinic to enroll them,” she added. “The Interest Form is not a guarantee they will be enrolled, but gives us contact information if there are appointments available.”