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CWU Vaccination Clinic Delivers 265 Doses to Students, Employees

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Central Washington University hosted its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, delivering 265 shots of the Moderna vaccine to eligible students, faculty, and staff.

The clinic, presented by CWU Student Health Services and Kittitas Valley Healthcare, was held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) ballroom. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) provided the vaccine doses and staffing support.

The university was approved as an official vaccination site last week by the state Department of Health, and CWU administrators look forward to hosting additional on-campus clinics this spring and summer.

“We want to see as many people as possible get vaccinated so our campus and our community can return to normal activities by this fall,” CWU President James L. Gaudino said. “We were able to get to this point with the help of our community partners — KCPHD, KVH, and our local police and fire departments — and we look forward to working with them even more as we plan for a safe return in September.” 

A follow-up clinic for the 265 people vaccinated on campus Tuesday is scheduled for May 11. (The Moderna vaccine requires two shots 28 days apart.) Plans for another on-campus clinic this month are being developed, but no date has been announced.

Vaccination appointments for all eligible groups in Kittitas County can be made through the KCPHD website. On Thursday, all Washingtonians age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Dr. Carylin Holsey, director of Student Health Services, said she expects the expanded eligibility this week to quickly boost the local vaccination rate.

“A lot of people have been waiting their turn, and it’s finally here,” Holsey said. “Starting this week, nearly anyone who wants to be vaccinated can be, and that is pretty exciting for all of us. SHS is working very hard toward the goal of giving all students the opportunity to get a shot before the end of spring quarter.”

The university will be increasing communication throughout the spring and summer to encourage all students, employees, and community members to get vaccinated.

“That’s the best chance we have to return to normal this fall, so we’re really trying to be proactive and reach anyone who might be on the fence,” Holsey said. “We just want people to know that the vaccines are safe, and we are here to answer any of their questions or concerns.”

Media contact: David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu, 509-963-1518.

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