UPMC front-line workers get second dose of vaccine

January 13, 2021 Cranberry Local News


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Charmaine Pykosh, a critical care practitioner in the COVID-19 unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, signals to observers that she is receiving her second coronavirus vaccine dose Jan. 4 at UPMC Children's Hospital.

Ten UPMC front-line employees who received their first dose of the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 14 were the first to receive their second dose Jan. 4 at UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Charmaine Pykosh, a critical-care practitioner in the COVID-19 unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, was the first person in Pennsylvania to receive the vaccine when she had her initial shot last month.

Heather Majewski clenches her fist in elation at receiving her second coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 4. Kimberly Graves, a UPMC registered nurse, administered the shot.

The 67-year-old nurse held up two fingers to signify that her second shot completes the vaccine and that she now has 94% immunity to the new and potentially life-threatening virus.

Heather Majewski, a radiological technician who administers drive-up COVID-19 tests at UPMC's Southside Collection Center, clenched her fist in elation as she received her second injection Monday.

UPMC registered nurse Kimberly Graves administered the most recent round of vaccines to the 10 employees.

UPMC received and administered 975 doses of the vaccine Dec. 14 and Tuesday.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.