Central Pa. woman has scheduled more than 500 vaccine appointments for seniors around the state

Written by on April 22, 2021

Central Pa. woman has scheduled more than 500 vaccine appointments for seniors around the state

By Brittany Sweeney

April 22, 2021

Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

So far, Jen Clements, a professor of social work and gerontology at Shippensburg University, has found vaccination appointments for more than 500 people all for free, and with no strings attached. 

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She says it all started when it took nearly two months to find her 77-year-old mother a vaccine.

“This is the most vulnerable population that we have. There should be absolutely no barrier to them getting the vaccine and so in some ways, our systems aren’t working and so what does that look like? And so for me, I kind of turned that anger into how can I fix this?” Clements says. 

Clements says she’s learned when most providers offer appointments and set alarms throughout the day to remind herself to log on.

“I’ll go online, I’m searching, I’ll grade some papers, I’ll do a little bit more searching, I have some downtime, I’ll meet with some students, I’ll do a little searching after that. I’ll teach a class, I’ll search in between and so there are a lot of pockets in my day where I can kind of like steal a little bit of time,“ she says.

The Carlisle, Cumberland County, resident has helped people all over Pennsylvania… and even into Maryland and West Virginia.

She says volunteers helping people connect with shots started calling themselves “finders.”

She now has family and friends booking appointments for others as well.

For those looking for assistance, Clements says you can email her at jaclements@ship.edu

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