LFCC VACCINATIONS

Julia Sargent, of Strasburg, receives her second COVID-19 shot Wednesday morning from registered nursing student Lydia Conley, of Stephens City, at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. Rotz Pharmacy of Winchester and the college have completed their final mass vaccination clinic with 700 shots being administered on Wednesday.

Lord Fairfax Community College held its final COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, fully vaccinating another 700 patients.

Since the beginning of the year, the Middletown campus, which partnered on the effort with Rotz Pharmacy in Winchester, administered roughly 7,800 vaccines.

Commenting on the effort, LFCC President Kimberly Blosser said she’s thankful to everyone involved in helping the community make it this far through the pandemic.

“When the pandemic hit a little more than a year ago and we had to move our students — as well as our faculty and staff — to virtual learning and working, there was so much fear and uncertainty about catching COVID,” she wrote in a Wednesday statement, “combined with apprehension surrounding how long it would be before we could get back to some semblance of normalcy.

“The rollout of vaccines became the hope we all needed to get our students back to in-person classes and our lives back on the road to normal.”

She said when Rotz Pharmacy approached the college about partnering on vaccine clinics, LFCC “had zero hesitation.”

“We’re happy our campus can be used to support this vital effort, and it has been so rewarding to see community members getting vaccinated," she said, calling the nursing students, faculty and staff "instrumental in making this happen."

Shenandoah University, which partnered with Valley Health and the Lord Fairfax Health District on a large community vaccination clinic at its James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center, held its final clinic on May 6. Health department officials have said demand for large community sites has decreased and other nearby clinics — such as the walk-in clinic at the Apple Blossom Mall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays — have opened.

Since the first of the year, SU's vaccination site administered 70,589 shots, fully vaccinating 35,826 people with both doses as well as the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Broken down by month, the school gave 15,482 shots in January, 19,774 in February, 16,472 in March, 14,033 in April and 4,828 in May.

"We couldn’t be more proud to be a member of this amazing partnership,” said SU President Tracy Fitzsimmons in a statement. “... and to be an integral part in providing a place where people could be treated quickly, efficiently and with respect. ... We are so happy that we could help fight this public health crisis and do our part to make our community and state safer.”

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