When John Moser showed up for his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, he was met with unexpected cheers, balloons and photos. It wasn’t the red carpet, but it was a celebration of the UWM clinic’s delivering dose No. 10,000. It came as a complete surprise to Moser, a UWM alum who lives in the neighborhood.
“I wish I’d wore different clothes,” he said as he removed his jacket for easier access to his upper arm. A jubilant Moser said getting the vaccine means he can soon visit his 92-year-old father, who he has not seen in 14 months. “It’s been a heartbreaking time for me – and for people all over the world,” he said.
Moser, who grew up in Whitefish Bay, said he began college in Colorado, but ended up returning and finishing a geology degree at UWM. He worked in the field of environment assessment and hydrogeology, and later became a private equity investor.
The UWM vaccination clinic, a partnership with Advocate Aurora Health and the Milwaukee Health Department, opened to the general public on March 16. Staffed with nurses from Advocate Aurora and 200 UWM students from the College of Nursing, the clinic has been administering 600 doses a day in recent weeks. Gov. Tony Evers and UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson toured the clinic on March 22.
Anyone age 16 and older can make an appointment by filling out the vaccination interest form.