LCCC hosts first on-campus vaccination clinic for school year

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Aug 22 – CHEYENNE – Laramie County Community College hosted its first on-campus vaccination clinic Friday for students, faculty and their families, in preparation for the start of the fall semester on Monday.

{p dir = “ltr”} This was part of an administrative campaign to focus on preventive health and safety measures for the start of the school year. Throughout the pandemic, they provided transportation and support for students who wanted the vaccine, but took extra steps this semester to have an option on campus.

Students are encouraged to be vaccinated upon their return to campus in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the county, as well as to follow other health protocols, such as masking, disinfection, and social distancing, to the extent possible. Confirmed immunization status will also remove students from regular coronavirus testing for students who live in dormitories.

The LCCC also offers incentives for students to get vaccinated and show proof of it, according to Dean of Students James Miller.

Students with proof of the vaccine will be entered into a raffle to have their tuition and fall semester fees paid in full by the college. Other prizes included in the raffle are Apple products, such as iPads and watches, and bookstore gift cards.

Miller said there has been a positive response to the college’s initiatives.

“There was a student who moved in today, and when he heard about the vaccine and the incentives, his mother made sure he went for the vaccine,” he said.

The administration also recommends that students get the vaccine because the LCCC will no longer provide excused absences for those who contract COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone who tested positive. Those who contract the virus will have to manage classes and instructor-to-student participation, with no guarantee of excused absences.

Jesse Blair, director of risk management and campus security, said any further updates on student requirements and guidelines will be communicated systematically. He said they want employees and students to feel confident in the information provided by the school, as well as helped by the administration to find the right resources.

“There is no simple answer to COVID,” he said.

Kasey Mullins, director of nursing at the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department, said she believes the LCCC has a great plan to reopen the school for the fall semester. She said this set an example for colleges in prevention, such as the recommended masking, providing socially remote spaces for students, hosting the vaccination clinic, and finding transportation for them. students to off-campus vaccination sites.

The LCCC encountered fewer than 200 cases last fall with its back-to-business plan, according to the administration, and staff hope to continue this trend.

Mullins worked closely with the LCCC and the Wyoming Department of Heath to support students and faculty throughout the pandemic, and was present to administer vaccines to enrolled students and families on Friday.

“It’s critical,” she said. “Right now our case volume is the same as last December, so we are several months ahead of our epidemic status last year. And it is a mechanism to prevent serious illness and hospitalization, because masks are not worn systematically.

Jasmine Hall is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle education reporter. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 307-633-3167. Follow her on Twitter @jasminerhphotos and on Instagram @ jhrose25.

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