Immunization Day Was a Great Success!
On August 12, 2006, 88 volunteers and staff members spent the day at PCC to administer immunizations and TB tests. Immunization Day turned out to be a great success! In just a few hours, we gave 920 immunizations and TB tests to kids and teens before they headed back to school. This year the Clinic surpassed itself, with more immunizations and TB tests given in one day than on the two "Big Shot Clinic" Days in 2005 combined.
Immunization Day at the People's Community Clinic is a part of a much wider effort by the Austin community and concerned Texans to see that all children receive the vaccinations that they need. Children without the necessary immunizations cannot attend school, so the Austin Independent School District initiated the "Don't Wait, Vaccinate" program to address community need. For more information on school requirements and this program, please visit the Don't Wait, Vaccinate! program information page. Parents can also contact their child’s school or call Children’s/AISD Student Health Services Administrative Office at (512) 414-6171.
Immunization Day is also part of an effort headed by the Texas Medical Association to raise statewide immunization rates. The "Be Wise — Immunize [program] promotes immunizations to the public as important, effective, and safe." (Texas Medical Association) For more information about the program, visit their Be Wise - Immunize! information page.
We at the clinic would like to take this opportunity to thank the great staff members and volunteers who worked hard to make Immunization Day possible.
People's Community Clinic Team
Georgia Armstrong - PCC's Immunization Supervisor, who coordinated Immunization Day and was instrumental in its success.
Eliza Aguirre, MA
Melinda Rendon, MA
Abby Williamson, Volunteer Coordinator
Bekka Valadez, Immunizations Clerk
Margaret Henkels, Director of Development
The University of Texas School of Nursing Children's Wellness Center
The Children's Wellness Center brought 30 staff and volunteers, including nurses, nursing students and clerks, not to mention supplies. Their team helped with all aspects of the day, from paperwork to reviewing shot records to administering the vaccines.
We extend special thanks to their planning team:
Pat Bud, RN, CPNP
Liz White, RN, MSN
Mary Moran, RN, MSC, CNS
Travis County Medial Alliance (TCMA)
TCMA worked with PCC's Development Director and public relations team to publicize this year's Immunization Day event. The amazing turnout was due to this great publicity effort.
TCMA also provided 15 volunteers on Immunization Day itself to man the Hospitality Team. This team was on hand to pass out coloring books and crayons in the waiting room and give goodie bags to children after their immunizations and tests. They also kept the volunteers and staff well fed and "fueled."
TCMA provided t-shirts for the staff and volunteers as well lending us Beatrice the Bee and a bee keeper to entertain the children.
We extend special thanks to the TCMA Team Leaders Sue Ellen Jackson and Sharon Goss.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
These kind folks provided one thing we couldn't have lived without: a shade tent!
33 church members volunteered for Immunization Day, and they were instrumental in getting everyone organized. Not only did they aid in keeping paperwork straight, they also controlled the flow of traffic into and through the building.
We also want to thank church members for volunteering in the upstairs work group, and doing many important tasks for a grateful group of PCC staff from medical records, the pharmacy, the lab, and development.
Thanks to everyone for a job well done!