University administers more than 500 doses of Pfizer vaccines to students

May 03, 2021

A student receives a COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 500 Quinnipiac students received their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination on the university’s Mount Carmel Campus last week, through a partnership with Griffin Health.

Staff and faculty from throughout the university participated in organizing and ensuring the smooth operation of the life-saving event. Zara Lyons organized the staff volunteers.

“Our community’s continued, unwavering commitment to fighting this global pandemic and keeping the members of our Bobcat family safe is inspiring,” said Christy Chase, director of student health services. “From the very beginning, students, staff and faculty rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly to keep everyone safe — through contact-tracing, testing and, most recently, the COVID-19 vaccination clinics.”

Approximately 40 students from the School of Nursing administered the vaccinations, as well as helped to coordinate the clinics; about a dozen faculty from the school supervised their efforts.

“On behalf of the School of Nursing, I am proud to call attention to our amazing students, faculty and staff who served the broader community at Quinnipiac during the vaccine clinic last week,” said Lisa O’Connor, dean of the School of Nursing. “Largely due to the impactful leadership of Associate Dean Lisa Rebeschi, the organizational management of Assistant Dean Debra Fisher, and the commitment and skill of our student volunteers, the School of Nursing stood proud in serving the QU community.”

The continued efforts of the nursing community is a fitting testament as we approach National Nurses’ Day on Thursday, she said.

“I can’t think of a better way for us to show our gratitude to the nursing students and my colleagues for their commitment to caring for our Bobcat family,” O’Connor said. “Their actions demonstrate the strength and unity of our school, and highlight the desire to contribute to a safe community during this pandemic.”

Members of the QU EMS team also participated at the clinics, monitoring students following the vaccines to make sure there were no adverse reactions — and being prepared to offer support if there were any.

“All of us at QU EMS are honored to be able to serve the community in this time of need," said Charles Dunn '22, captain of the student-run organization.

The university will administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine later this month for students who would like to receive it on campus.

All students should who got vaccinated against COVID-19 — regardless of where — should upload their vaccination record to the Student Health Service's Patient Portal.

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