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Secretary Dawn Crim visits Verona HS vaccine clinic, commends local pharmacy

Published: Jun. 7, 2021 at 11:56 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 4:25 PM CDT
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VERONA, Wis. (WMTV) - Teens 12-years-old and up in the Verona Area School District took a break from the books to get their COVID-19 shots on Monday.

Fitchburg Family Pharmacy put on the clinic at Verona High School, allowing students and community members to get protected against the virus.

Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Dawn Crim, stopped by the clinic. She commended pharmacies like Fitchburg Family for bringing the shots directly to places and communities that need them.

“What’s nice about the local pharmacists are their connections to their community that they already have,” said Crim. “So for example, Fitchburg Family Pharmacy has set up similar clinics at this high school, The Boys and Girls Club, the Hindu Temple. That type of outreach, that personal touch and community connection is what this is all about.”

Secretary Crim also harped on getting more of the younger population vaccinated as soon as possible. She said that is what it will take to get school environments back to full-strength.

“The students really need to return,” told Crim. “They need that one-on-one contact with the teachers, they need their peer connections. And so what the vaccination does for them is help them get their learning and the fun that they’ve been missing.”

Fitchburg Family Pharmacy has hosted more than 20 clinics like this in schools, churches and other community groups.

“For us it’s important if we have the ability to come out into the community and give vaccines where people live, where they already are going or where it’s easy for them to get access to us, then we’re going to do that,” pharmacist Thad Schumacher said.

Schumacher said he hopes to do more clinics like this, but on an even smaller scale, to reach even more people in the environment where they are most comfortable.

“Go out into the community in a more specific level,” explained Schumacher. “Like to a barber shop, to a restaurant. Where people are already present just doing what they normally do and happen to be there the same day we’re there with vaccine.”

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