Vicki T. Sapp, PhD, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s director of student engagement, diversity and inclusion and an assistant professor, received her second COVID-19 vaccine dose on Feb. 9.
Dr. Sapp described the moment as doubly meaningful – first because she is now protected from serious illness, but more importantly because students she has mentored and guided were in the clinic administering the shots. “I was so proud. It is both humbling and touching when the caregiver or mentor becomes the cared for,” she said. “Alayna Craig-Lucas administered my shot. That was a gratifying moment for me because I worked closely with Alayna as her advisor when she helped plan the annual Turkey Trot in her second year. Her fellow fourth-year, Nicole Gillman was there too and signed me in. I advised Nicole when she helped plan the school’s Freedom Seder, an event held that acknowledges the fellowship among the Jewish and Black communities. No one could have predicted then that we would face a worldwide pandemic, but this is what we prepared them for. I am so very honored to have been part of their journey.”