Mason and Partner Clinics Support COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Prince William County for Eligible Residents in Phases 1a and 1b

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MAP Clinics Vaccinate Nearly 2,900 Eligible Prince William County Residents

Note that all appointments and vaccine availability are managed through the Prince William County Health Department.

What is the best way to celebrate successfully vaccinating more than 2,885 Phase 1a and 1b residents of Prince William County over a three-week period?  Vaccinate several thousand more residents, of course.

To achieve this goal, faculty and staff at the Mason and Partner (MAP) Clinic are stepping up the number of clinics so they can rapidly and efficiently distribute all the vaccine doses they receive from various sources like Prince William Health Department (PWHD) and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. The MAP Clinic’s goal is to vaccinate all eligible members of the community in Phase 1a and 1b, particularly those that have chronic conditions and are from high-risk populations, and to ensure that no doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine go to waste.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the MAP Clinic will offer immunizations by appointment only. Residents of Manassas Park and Prince William County who are 65 or older can make an appointment by calling PWHD at 703-872-7759.

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Mason students in health administration, health informatics, nursing, global and community health, and social work play an integral role in running the clinics along with Mason faculty and staff.
Photo Credit: Evan Cantwell

The City of Manassas Park is providing logistical and facilities support for the growing number of vaccine events. “Our at-risk residents are fortunate and very appreciative to have access to a local vaccine clinic right here in our City limits,” said Loren Luck, marketing and communications manager for Manassas Park. “We’ve been able to expand the vaccination efforts with much-needed space and parking so the clinics can achieve their weekly vaccination goal and abide by social distancing requirements. Our relationship with the MAP Clinic goes beyond Covid-19 testing and vaccines – we’re thankful for the many years of services the MAP Clinic has provided to our community.”

“Offering vaccinations at the MAP Clinics is an excellent example of academic and community partnership. We can deliver evidence-based best practices to benefit the community and provide students with valuable learning experiences,” says Rebecca Sutter, assistant professor and co-director of the MAP Clinics.

Mason students in health administration, health informatics, nursing, global and community health, and social work play an integral role in running the clinics along with Mason faculty and staff. In addition to delivering immense

community value, the Clinics provide a rich learning experience and hands-on experience in fighting a pandemic. 

“Community engagement like supporting the vaccination clinics is an essential component of public health, and I’m delighted that students and faculty from our School of Nursing and other departments have stepped up to help. The College is proud to have longstanding relationships in Prince William County and throughout Northern Virginia. We are vested in promoting health for Prince William County during this pandemic and beyond,” said College of Health and Human Services Dean, Germaine Louis.

Those affiliated with Mason, including alumni, are encouraged to volunteer at the MAP Clinic Vaccination Events. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please send an email to Nora Elnahas at nelnahas@gmu.edu.