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VSCC offers vaccines to students, employees and their families, Sept. 15 and 16

By Victoria Long

Volunteer State Community College is partnering with Walgreens to offer students and employees Flu, COVID-19, Pneumonia and Shingles vaccines. Clinics will be available on all campuses Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vol State employees, students and their family members may receive vaccinations at their campus clinic.

“This is wonderful opportunity for everyone in our campus community to conveniently receive vaccinations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and flu season is nearly here,” said Tami Wallace, director of public relations and marketing.

“We are always trying to do that with health things for our employees and we wanted to involve students in this one,” said Eric Melcher, coordinator of public relations and marketing.

Pfizer is the specific distributor of the COVID-19 vaccine available.

“I want to stress the COVID vaccine will be free to everybody, but the other vaccinations may require insurance or payment,” said Melcher.

There will be clinics located on the Gallatin, Cookeville, Livingston and Springfield campuses. The Gallatin Campus clinic will be located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building.

“As a college community, it is essential we all do everything possible to create a positive environment that protects all of us. We want to create a campus culture of everyone doing what’s best for public health. The pandemic is a community health issue, and stopping the virus spread is all of our responsibility,” said Emily Short, vice president of student services.

Those planning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to electronically fill out the “Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) — Informed Consent for Vaccination” form before arriving.

The form is attached to an email Wallace sent to all employees and students, Sept. 10. Those planning to receive the Flu, Pneumonia or Shingles vaccine must bring their insurance and a payment method. All attending must wear a mask.

Specific questions regarding the vaccination clinics may be sent to Vol State’s manager of environment, health and safety, Michelle Boyd, using her email michelle.boyd@volstate.edu.

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