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Oakmont Bakery Gives Free Treats to Those Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC Clinic – CBS Pittsburgh

OAKMONT, Pa. (KDKA) – Vaccination efforts continue but have slowed dramatically, so health officials are taking different approaches to getting vaccinated.

Oakmont Bakery is known for its sugary treats, but it was handing out more than cakes on Tuesday. They teamed up with UPMC to get people to shoot and gave them a small box of goodies for their efforts.

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Instead of hundreds or even thousands of people getting vaccinated, it was only a few dozen.

“I just wanted to do it. I wanted to get rid of it, ”Mike Wheeler said of his shot.

The bakery was hoping cookies and treats would entice people to roll up their sleeves.

“We like to have our masks. That’s a big part of it. Seeing businesses open is a very big deal, ”said Marc Serrao, owner of Oakmont Bakery.

Alleghney County Director Rich Fitzgerald said about 77% of people in the county have at least one injection. Their objective is to get their shots from the remaining group.

“There is enough supply, but we have to get everyone vaccinated,” Fitzgerald said.

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His wife, who is a pharmacist at UPMC Children’s Hospital, administered some of the injections at the clinic on Tuesday.

“Those who have not received the vaccine, they are the ones who are at risk of contracting COVID and spreading COVID,” said UPMC Children’s Hospital President Mark Sevco.

This is where these clinics come in. They use either incentives or trusted partners to deliver injections to communities.

“We expect these small, tailored events based on who has yet to get vaccinated,” Sevco said.

Going forward, county and health leaders are calling on trusted adults to use their influence over those who are reluctant to get vaccinated.

“Teachers, coaches, counselors, people in their church or in their community who may be able to influence people,” Fitzgerald said.

UPMC plans to continue working with churches, community centers and other community groups on other clinics like this one at Oakmont Bakery.

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You can find clinics on the UPMC website, the AHN website, and the Gateway Health website.

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