He could be relaxing on a beach. Instead, pharmacist Freeman Mjolsness returned to work to give patients in his Minnesota community lifesaving COVID-19 vaccinations.
Retiring after 23 years as a pharmacist in Bismarck, North Dakota, Freeman Mjolsness moved with his wife Arlene to the Minneapolis suburbs to be close to their two daughters and five grandchildren.
When the COVID-19 pandemic raged through the world and his small community, Freeman knew his skills were needed. So, he left Arlene’s “honey do” list behind on the refrigerator, donned his white coat and joined forces with fellow immunizers at the nearby CVS Plymouth, Minnesota pharmacy.
“I’ve always had a passionate concern about the health of the public, I just knew that so many people needed help and I felt obligated to do my part,” explains the 83-year-old.
On a recent day in late December, Freeman administered 92 shots, 90% of them COVID-19 boosters. The rest were flu shots plus a vaccination for shingles. “One of my patients was there for his very first COVID-19 immunization. It felt really good to help him on a path of protection from this pandemic,” he says.