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SCC alumni serving at vaccination clinics

SCC alumni serving at vaccination clinics
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

 

Four Salem Community College (SCC) alumni who work for the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services serve at the vaccination clinics in the DuPont Field House on the SCC campus.

Heather Byrne, Ashley Digerness, Lauren Pomykala and Jenette Walker are among the many friendly faces who have greeted community members. They join other Salem County employees, volunteers, SCC nursing faculty and students, as well as SCC Public Safety staff at the clinics.

Heather Byrne – SCC Class of 1996 (Education)
Senior Health Aide

What are your thoughts at the end of a vaccination clinic day?

“My thoughts at the end of vaccine clinic day starts with WOW! That was awesome! We serve almost 1,000 individuals a week. We work with the Salem Community College, Office of Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Department, EMS, and Health Department personnel. We stand with volunteers every week who give their time through Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Teams, and Domestic Animal Sheltering teams. Salem County is the best place to work, live, and respond and I am thankful for all it offers.”

 

Ashley Digerness – SCC Class of 2012 (Health Science)
Health Educator

What’s the best part of your day while at the vaccination clinic?

“The best part of my day is when the individuals are leaving after they have gone through the whole process and they express to me how thankful they are that we are providing this service. They explain how they can get a little piece of their life back because of the vaccine.”


Lauren Pomykala -- SCC Class of 2013 (Health Science)
Field Representative in Health Education

What’s your greatest job satisfaction during this time of mass vaccinations?

“My greatest job satisfaction during this time of mass vaccinations is knowing that our team is playing a part in helping New Jersey return to “normal.” Seeing our residents excited and filled with hope that we may finally be heading towards the direction of normalcy after so long makes everything we do worthwhile.”

 

Jenette Walker, R.N. -- SCC Class of 1975 (Practical Nursing)
Vaccine Manager

What are your thoughts at the end of a vaccination clinic day?

“How can I be so tired and so happy? When I think about all the residents we have been able to vaccinate, I can’t help but be happy. They are so grateful to get the vaccine. I also am thankful for the opportunity for the Salem Department of Health and Human Services to be a part of the journey and for the experience the student nurses of Salem Community College have gained from these COVID-19 vaccine clinics. They are amazing.”

 

Caption: From left, Salem Community College alumni Lauren Pomykala, Heather Byrne, Jenette Walker and Ashley Digerness are employees of the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services working at the vaccination clinics in the DuPont Field House on the SCC campus.