More than 550 Pfizer vaccines were administered last night to Concordia employees and essential workers who live in Washington and Ozaukee counties.

The March 18 All-Community Vaccine Clinic at Concordia University Wisconsin began at 3:45 p.m. and wrapped up at 8:30 p.m. While last night’s effort was not the first time CUW personnel pitched in to help with the COVID relief effort, it is one of the larger efforts to date.

Dozens of CUW employees volunteered for the effort. The volunteers ran the gamut of medical professionals to non-specialized personnel who helped with intake, ushering, and other related tasks.

The evening’s recipient list included 95 teachers and workers in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, teachers from several other districts in Washington and Ozaukee counties, public-facing essential workers from area Sendik’s and Piggly Wiggly stores, county residents over 65, and eligible community members and university faculty, staff, and students who met Wisconsin’s vaccination criteria.

Sarah Adashek, a second-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Mequon, received her first shot yesterday. She said she was thrilled at the prospect that she would soon be able to hug her students again.

“Second-graders love to hug, and they deserve that love,” Adashek said. “We’ve all had to get creative and reinvent ourselves and our styles of teaching this past year. We’ve made it work, but it’s the interpersonal things I miss most—sitting next to them, hugging them, and smiling with them.”

In the media

Fox6, WISN, Ozaukee Press, and Ozaukee News Graphic stopped by to capture the scene of last night’s clinic. Click on the image below to view the Fox6 coverage.

CUW Vaccine Clinic

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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