As the start of spring semester approaches, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Haas Fine Arts Center from noon-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer for ages 12+ and Moderna), flu shots also will be available while supplies last. See the Eau Claire City-County website for guidelines and any necessary consent forms.
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic, a collaboration among the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Student Health Service, is open to students, faculty, staff and community members for both primary and booster shots, available by appointment. Register here for an appointment.
As Chancellor James Schmidt mentioned in a “Return to Campus” video, residence halls officially reopen Jan. 25, so students can return to campus early and get settled in before classes resume, be tested for COVID-19 and receive either a vaccine or a booster shot.
This week’s clinic is focused on reaching those in need of vaccination in the greater Eau Claire community, especially students living off campus. Haas Fine Arts Center was chosen as the location for its ease of accessibility for both students and community members with the use of the Haas parking lot, where parking regulations will be waived on Friday. Parking on Water Street, however, still will require adherence to all posted signage.
While encouraged by vaccination rates of 84% for students and 95% of employees, UW-Eau Claire still hopes more students and employees will become vaccinated and get a booster shot, measures proven to reduce the risk of severe disease and hospitalization from COVID-19.
"We encourage ALL our students and employees to be vaccinated AND to get the booster," says Grace Crickette, vice chancellor for finance and administration. "The booster really is needed to have the full advantage of the vaccine and to protect others."
As with past vaccination clinics on campus, Blugold nursing students will be among those administering the vaccines.
"Our nursing students have stepped up throughout the COVID pandemic,” says Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Their participation in this pop-up clinic is just another example of their many contributions in helping people get vaccinated and in so doing preventing hospitalizations and deaths in our region.”
Smaller vaccine clinics for Blugold students and employees, hosted by Student Health Service, will be available Jan. 25-27 and again Jan. 31-Feb. 4 at Hilltop Lookout. Register here for an appointment.