USJ Alumnus and Pharmacy Manager Oluwaseun Oke, Pharm.D.’19 on the frontlines of COVID-19 vaccinations recently published a story featuring a USJ alumnus.

“The empanadas are much appreciated. As is the Jollof rice. And the variety of Polish dishes the staff had never experienced before. Then, there is the assortment of cookies and pastries — all of which seem to show up around lunchtime.

The widescale attempt to vaccinate millions of Americans in just a matter of months has led to hundreds of vaccination centers and sites throughout the state. But, while the goal is to get people through the process as quickly as possible, the short interaction is leading to special bonds between patients and health care providers.

Nowhere is that more evident than at a CVS pharmacy located in Union, NJ.

Pharmacy Manager Oluwaseun Oke said he and the staff have been overwhelmed by the kind gestures they have received from those coming into the store.

And it’s more than just the food and the ‘Thank You’ cards that seem to arrive daily. It’s the stories they hear while giving the vaccine.

‘It’s been really rewarding,’ Oke said. ‘On a day-to-day basis, I can’t tell you how many people cry with joy, give us the biggest smile, or just tell their whole backstory.’

‘I’ve lost count of people who have told me they haven’t been out of the house for months and that we are a life-saver for them.’

Oke, who started at CVS as a pharmacy tech before heading to pharmacy school, has been with CVS for just under six years. He has been the store manager at the Union location for about nine months. The program, he said, has helped him build a connection with the community.”

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