Saturday was an exciting day for Josie Kostan of Portage.
“I haven’t seen my grandchildren. I have Christmas presents for them still. I took the tree down, but it’s going to be Christmas in July for them,” Josie said.
That’s because she got her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
She went to Mainline Pharmacy’s vaccination clinic held at Saint Francis University where thousands of people gathered to get their shot.
Kevin Persio also got his second dose.
“I’m relieved. I’m happy that I finally got my vaccine, and happy to get the second one,” he said.
Mainline Pharmacy has been hosting several of these clinics every week since January.
Although, they’ve had to cancel over 10 of them due to the vaccine shortage, according to Mainline Pharmacy Director of Marketing Steven Pope.
“We got caught in the like everybody else shortage of vaccines. We went two and a half weeks without doing any first dose clinics,” he said.
But this week, they’re giving it another shot.
Mainline will continue holding these clinics at local churches and colleges, where physician assistant and nursing students are administering the vaccines.
Father Malachi, President of Saint Francis University, said they’ve vaccinated over 5,000 people at their campus alone.
“Obviously, nobody wants a pandemic, but we’re happy to be part of the solution. I’m happy that our students, faculty, and staff are really being a part of that,” he said.
Now, Mainline is back to vaccinating about 1,500 people per clinic, and they hope to keep that streak going.
“These clinics are planned now through May and into June. There’s no end date right now,” Pope said.
To sign up for one of these clinics, visit the Mainline Pharmacy website