Alabama making COVID vaccines an easy option for students

Umc Walkin Clinic

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

The University of Alabama’s Student Health Center hosted another walk-in vaccine clinic today in the Ferguson Student Center as a way to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily available for students, faculty and staff on campus.

The first clinic, hosted Wednesday, provided more than 180 shots.

UA College of Community Health Sciences Dean Dr. Richard Friend said he thinks more students are willing to get vaccinated if it’s not a hassle to schedule.

“Students are eager to get the vaccine now as we have more social events coming up,” Friend said. “I think they realize the importance of attending those events and I think they want to get them to make sure those events are open to them.”

COVID-19 vaccinations are free, and UA students who present proof of a vaccine will receive gift cards and Bama Cash.

UA student Sara Grace Estill said she appreciates the incentive but was planning on getting a vaccine regardless.

“As soon as the vaccine got FDA approved, I felt comfortable getting it and they offered us incentives and also I wanted to be vaccinated just so I could protect myself and the people that I love,” Estill said.

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