The Senior Community Center on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where on January 29, 2021, volunteers staffed a coronavirus vaccine clinic. Photos: Jovelle Tamayo for Elemental

Behind the Scenes at a Covid-19 Vaccination Center

How Bainbridge Island’s Medical Reserve Corp is making sure not a single dose goes to waste

(L) Loren Bast, executive director of the Bainbridge Prepares Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). (R) Dr. Andrea Chymiy, a volunteer at the MCR clinic.
(Top) Volunteers meet before the clinic opens. (L) Dr. Amy Sing, a volunteer prepares shots of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on January 29, 2021. (R) Pharmacist Mark Tan, center, organizing vaccines with other volunteers.
(Top) Volunteer Michelle Dalton manages the registration table at a coronavirus vaccine MRC clinic at the Senior Community Center on Bainbridge Island. (L) Supplies at the registration table. (R) A virus model made of Nilla wafers. (Bottom) Loren Bast, center, executive director of the Bainbridge Prepares MRC.
(Top R) Jim Glecker, a former triage nurse and a volunteer with the Bainbridge Prepares Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). (Top L) Jim Glecker injects Mari Sullivan with a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on January 29, 2021. (Bottom) Elva Kristensen, 100, receives a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from Jim Glecker.
(Top R) David Harm, a volunteer with the Bainbridge Prepares Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). (Top L) Dr. Linda Semlitz, a volunteer puts on a face shield. (Bottom) Kathy Maher, a volunteer with the MRC, center, speaks with Tess Cayabyab, 66, left, and Myrna Amos, 66, right, about getting the vaccine.

“There’s a greater humanity out there that I want to connect with and be a part of, especially in these times where humanity is really struggling.”

(Top R) Dr. Amy Sing, a volunteer with the Bainbridge Prepares Medical Reserve Corps. (Top L) Dr. Sing injecting the Moderna vaccine. (Bottom) Dr. Sing explains potential side effects of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to Tess Cayabyab, 66, on January 29, 2021.
(Top) Medical Reserve Corps volunteers monitor the number of remaining vaccines at a coronavirus vaccine clinic. (Bottom L) Jim Glecker, a former triage nurse and a volunteer with the Bainbridge Prepares Medical Reserve Corps, prepares shots of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. (Bottom R) Roy Jackson, 90, right, sits down with MRC volunteer Dr. Linda Semlitz, before receiving his first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.
(Top) A waiting area at the MRC clinic. Those receiving the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are asked to sit in the waiting area for at least 15 minutes so volunteers can monitor them for immediate reactions to the injection. (Bottom L) Dr. Kristine Ewing, a volunteer, prepares a dose of the vaccine. (Bottom R) An iPad tracks the remaining amount of Covid-19 vaccines available at the clinic.
Reeve Fritchman, a volunteer, speaks with Tess Cayabyab, 66, on January 29, 2021, at a vaccine clinic at the Senior Community Center on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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