TERRE HAUTE , Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Finals aren’t the only thing Vincennes University students were preparing for as many students rolled up their sleeves to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
Whether they’re maneuvering into summer break or entering the workforce, many students were able to receive their second dosage of the Moderna vaccine.
As the university plans to return to in person learning this fall, it worked with the Knox County Health Department to provide this opportunity to students.
“We are very hopeful that it will still be possible for us to do that in the fall. With so many people getting vaccinated we feel sure that will be safe,” said Linda Waldroupe, vice president of financial services. “We want to, our students to have a great residential experience and participate in the variety of student activities that are offered here on campus.”
Student Bernado Malone says receiving the second does was about protecting his family.
“I was thinking about the people that I’ll always be around especially my grandparents and then some of my aunts and uncles,” said Malone. “They have some underlying health conditions so this summer when I go back home, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be around them so I just wanted to make sure they stay safe as well as myself.”
Betty Lankford, nurse coordinator for vaccine clinics notes that despite vaccinations underway, the community is not out of the woods yet.
“You don’t know who’s been vaccinated, who isn’t,” said Lankford. “We even have some people that have had some high medical issues and they’re chosen to not get the vaccine or they have chosen to get it and then you have these variants coming in so we’re still not completely safe.