Marielle Wong, a first-year Creighton pharmacy student from Honolulu, Hawaii, has an affection for Omaha’s changing seasons and its people, and she’s glad she could do her part to help the community during the pandemic.
“It’s been really fulfilling seeing all of these patients, and knowing that they’re getting us one step closer to helping our community be COVID-free,” said Wong, who has volunteered at two of the first four community clinics at Creighton, first as a vaccine preparer and most recently as a vaccinator.
She enjoyed the opportunity to talk with patients and hear their stories.
“I had one patient today who was super excited to go see their grandson in a couple of weeks, because they got their second dose,” Wong said. “It’s awesome that now that we have this vaccine, we have an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones again.”
Does Wong plan to volunteer again?
“For sure, I really like it. It’s super fun,” she said.
And as for Omaha winters (the first clinic forged ahead in a snowstorm)?
“I really like the change of seasons,” Wong said.