Josie Partridge, a first-year pharmacy student from Castle Rock, Washington, has volunteered at five of the first six COVID-19 community vaccine clinics at Creighton’s Rasmussen Center, and she’s excited to do more.
“I think I’m going to be here as long as this is open,” Partridge said. “It’s so much fun to be here, and to be a part of history. I know I’m doing my part. It may be a little part, but I’m trying to make a difference.”
In addition to volunteering at the clinic, Partridge juggles school and a job at the Hy-Vee pharmacy in Papillion, Nebraska. Volunteering at the clinic, she said, has helped her be more comfortable interacting with patients at the pharmacy.
“It’s been good to practice talking to patients, because sometimes I know that I get a little nervous,” Partridge said. Administering anywhere from 65 to 80 shots at each clinic also has given her more confidence in that skill.
The only reason Partridge hasn’t worked at all of the first six clinics was because the volunteer spots for one were already filled.
“I really love seeing the patients come through and say, ‘I’m so excited to get my vaccine,’” Partridge said. “It’s really rewarding. I know eventually one day, I want to tell my grandchildren, ‘Yea, I gave out a bunch of COVID shots.’ This is going to be part of history; I wanted to feel like I was doing my part.”