COVID-19 vaccination site at TCU opens for second weekend

first_imgReddIt Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Student body officer candidates talk campus issues in first-ever live debate Linkedin NewsCampus NewsCommunityCOVID-19Top StoriesCOVID-19 vaccination site at TCU opens for second weekendBy Marissa Stacy – March 7, 2021 1835 Twitter TCU campus reopens Saturday, classes to resume Monday Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Marissa Stacy Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ TCU News Now 3/3/2021 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Twittercenter_img printThe COVID-19 vaccination site located on TCU’s campus is hoping to distribute over 2,000 shots this weekend. Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center is wrapping up its second weekend of hosting the drive-through site outside of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mike Sanborn, president and CEO of the medical center, said when the Tarrant County Public Health department approached him about having a drive-thru vaccination site, he couldn’t think of a better place than TCU.“One of the best things is everybody knows where [the] TCU stadium is. You don’t even hardly have to give people directions,” Sanborn said.He reached out to Stuart Flynn, dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, and asked if he knew who he could contact about having a vaccine site at TCU. Flynn told Sanborn to reach out to Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs, and they worked together to make the vaccination site a reality.“This is a great partnership, Baylor Scott & White and TCU,” Cavins-Tull said. “I really think this is a great way for us to make that difference in our community.”Volunteers at the TCU vaccination site (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)There are about 180 volunteers and professionals on the site helping give vaccines, direct traffic and check on those receiving the vaccine. Of those volunteers, some are TCU students.Cavins-Tull said she loved TCU students were getting the opportunity to be a part of the vaccine rollout. “Having our TCU students out here giving injections and greeting people, doing all the Spanish and Vietnamese interpretations also is a great way for our students to use their talents and their education to make our world a better place,” Cavins-Tull said. “We say we want our students to lead on. This is a great example of that.”TCU nursing students have the opportunity to vaccinate people in the drive-thru.Kathryn Mann, junior nursing major, said she loves getting experience and talking with the professionals about their careers.“This is a really good opportunity and you can never have enough practice,” Mann said.She was approached by one of her professors with a schedule to fill out to be able to help at the site. The nursing students are also offered COVID-19 vaccines if there are any left at the end of the day, Mann said.In about an hour, Mann was able to give around 20 vaccines. Sanborn said the vaccine site is receiving a mix of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Last weekend the site received the Moderna vaccine, and this weekend it received Pfizer.He said they have been able to move people through the site in about 30 minutes on average, including the 15-minute waiting period to make sure there are no adverse reactions.“All the patients are really grateful because it is quick and efficient and they never need to leave their car,” Sanborn said.While the site is on TCU’s campus, it is open to all those who live in Tarrant County. Harsh Kalra, who received the COVID-19 vaccine, was excited to get his vaccine and to be able to return to normal life.“The biggest thing I think is one, not getting the virus itself; the other thing is also not being a carrier of it,” Kalra said. “As more and more people get vaccinated, the lesser tension in the society.”Organizers are not sure when the site will close, but Sanborn said as long as they are getting allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine they want to keep it open.Cavins-Tull encouraged students to get their vaccines to create a safe campus. She is grateful the end-of-day vaccines are available to students, faculty and staff.Students, faculty and staff who are interested in getting on the waitlist for end-of day vaccines can register here. Marissa Stacy is a journalism major from Indianapolis, Indiana. Marissa enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with friends and finding great places to eat around Fort Worth. + posts Honeycutt claims strong support, wins SGA top spot Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleHoroscope: March 6, 2021Next articleHoroscope: March 7, 2021 Marissa Stacy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Facebooklast_img