One Thousand Vaccinations and Counting: Bard Crosses Milestone at Latest Booster Clinic
Student volunteers have been integral to the success of the vaccination clinics. Jonja Merck ’22 was so inspired by his experience working with Village Apothecary’s Dr. Neal Smoller at local clinics that he became involved with the Bard efforts as well. Merck is a senior double-majoring in music and theater and performance. “The most rewarding part of this work is the thought that I am able to help so many people get back to work and continue in-person classes,” he says. “The clinics made me realize how grateful I am for being part of the greater Bard community.”
Dean of Students Bethany Nohlgren organized the on-campus clinics with Dr. Smoller, who administered vaccines with the help of student, faculty, and staff volunteers. Study Abroad Adviser Trish Fleming, Assistant Registrar Craig Jude, and Professor of German Franz Kempf were also instrumental in the effort. At the latest booster clinic, vaccine recipients were greeted enthusiastically by Nohlgren and the team. That day, as staff and volunteers delivered the shots that would push Bard over the 1,000 vaccination mark on campus, there was a collective sense of purpose—a sense that we are all in this together.
Post Date: 02-15-2022