UTC Administers the First Round of the Covid-19 Vaccine

By Regina Baker, Assistant News Editor-

The UTC Health Center administered the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The first vaccination clinic was hosted by the university’s Health Center on March 19 in the Collins Street Annex. 

To receive the vaccine, the recipient must qualify in the Phases of 1a1, 1a2, 1b, 1c or be in the age-based category.

The Health Center sent an email to students and faculty to make an appointment online to receive the vaccine. The Health Center kept the process safe with social distancing, sanitizing tables, and keeping the recipients organized. 

Director of University Health Services Dr. Yasmine Key discussed the process in which they take to request the vaccine and the importance of the vaccine to campus life.

“We request the vaccine a week in advance and ask for a number that we need. What we receive is allocated from what the state has to give,” Key said. “There is a lot of interest in getting the vaccine. Sign-up was filled quickly. Not a lot of college students show symptoms of Covid-19 so it can be quite tricky to catch. The goal with the vaccine is to keep campus life safe.”

All students and faculty who signed up to receive the vaccine started the process by filling out paperwork. After the vaccine is administered each person is given a card for their waiting period.

Junior biology major, Joshua Harris, spoke about his experience receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

“I believe the process for the Covid-19 vaccination was handled fairly well. The nursing students and staff were very friendly and made sure that every part of the vaccination was Covid-19 safe with sterilization and strict PPE regulation of the nurses providing the vaccinations,” Harris said. “While I have only received the first dose of the Moderna vaccination, I do believe that once I finish my entire vaccination, I will feel so much safer on campus.”

While students and faculty have received the vaccine, many procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. 

UTC student Jude Keef is optimistic regarding the administration of the vaccine on campus.

“I think they’re handling it pretty smoothly,” Keef said. “There’s only been one clinic so time will tell, but my experience getting it makes me feel optimistic about the way they are handling the vaccine.”

The Health Center hopes to administer the next vaccination clinic in the following weeks but it depends on the state’s approval on what the university has requested.

For more questions regarding the vaccine, reference the University Health Services Website, and check email correspondence for updates on the next clinic date.

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