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Student employees eligible for vaccine


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Paige Hendrie, a student in the physician's assistant program at CMU, checks the vaccination checklist for a patient, on February 18, 2021, in Finch Fieldhouse.

Central Michigan University Health announced that student employees are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in an email on March 16.

Student employees have joined groups such as 50 and older and 16 and older with underlying medical conditions. 

CMU has partnered with the Central Michigan District Health department to distribute the vaccine across campus and the Mount Pleasant community.

Currently both CMU and CMDHD have clinics set up in Finch Fieldhouse. As of Friday March 12, CMDHD has administered 25,567 doses, according to the CMDHD Facebook page.

CMU has had in-person classes since Fall 2020, using the HyFlex method. The number of cases on campus have been low and there have been no major outbreaks, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine Dr. George Kikano said.

Kikano hopes to start administering vaccines to adults 16 and older in early April.

“As long as vaccines are available, I'd love us to vaccinate anyone who'd like to be vaccinated,”  Kikano said. “No exceptions, with or with or without medical conditions.”

As more people become eligible, vaccine appointments fill up. Melissa DeRoche, emergency preparedness coordinator for CMDHD, asked the community to be patient.

“We are adding clinics as we get our schedules set and as we are informed about vaccine shipments,” DeRoche said. “We do add clinics to our website. It is going to take a while to get to everyone, so be patient and we will get there.”

Vaccine shipments are based on demographics and clinics are working hard to make distribution as efficient as possible. CMDHD is working to add clinics throughout the six counties covered. 

Anyone looking to make an appointment should go to the CMDHD homepage or the CMU Health webpage and follow the link. 

Any additional questions about vaccines on campus can be emailed to covidvaccine@cmich.edu 

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