Ferris vaccine clinic success

Ferris able to vaccinate 1,107 students, faculty and staff

Those who got their vaccines at Ferris will automatically get a follow-up appointment for three weeks later for dose two Photo by: Dylan Bowden | Torch Photographer

1,107 students, faculty and staff were vaccinated at Ferris’ first COVID vaccine clinic the week of April 5th.

Despite the short notice the vol- unteer-run event was a success, and the Birkam Health Center expects an efficient second dose clinic of the Pfizer vaccine the week of April 26th.

“Our volunteers definitely stepped up to help us staff several check-in and wayfinding stations as well as 8 vaccine stations at op- timal time periods. The majority of volunteers were students and were given short notice to help,” Michelle Rasmussen, a commu- nications officer in the president’s office, said.

Rasmussen explained that the COVID Vaccine Committee and Birkham Health hope to continue to host vaccine clinics on the Fer- ris campus.

“Since our clinic offerings are based on allocation of vaccine, which often comes with little no- tice, we cannot plan more than a

week in advance,” Rasumussen said. “Our hope has been and will continue to be that we are able to vaccinate any and all Ferris com- munity members who want it.”

Erin Bezeau is a sophomore studying pre-optometry at Ferris and is one of the many students who got vaccinated at the on-cam- pus clinic.

“I got the vaccine through Ferris and my experience was great. The process was quick and those ad- ministering the vaccinations were so personable and informative,” Bezeau said.

Over a year into this pandemic this vaccine has helped give hope that things will get back to normal.

“The vaccination allowed me to help my grandmother and my grandfather…that feel- ing of holding them again after a year, I would never trade,” Jor- dan Brinker, one of the students who got vaccinated, said.

If anyone who wants a COVID vaccine has not yet received one, please keep an eye on the an- nouncements for potential future offerings.