Students can register for vaccination on campus


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COVID-19 vaccines will be available to students on April 5.

Hayden Olberding and Shelby Clark

Students, faculty and staff will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccination on campus. 

University officials announced today that students who register for the free vaccination on campus will be vaccinated first. The Pfizer vaccine is available to all students, faculty and staff and will be administered at the Screaming Eagles Arena starting April 5. 

International students and students whose primary residence is out-of-state are also eligible for vaccination on campus.

Senior Business and Administration major Alhanouf Alqahtani said she is waiting for the summer to get the vaccine.

“If I were to go back to my country in the summer, I plan to take it in my country,” Alqahtani said.

She said she would get vaccinated on campus if she wasn’t planning on going back to her home country of Saudi Arabia. 

“It’s more ensuring if something happens to me, like a side effect of vaccination, my country would take care of it.” Alqahtani said. “It would just be easier to take it there, in case anything happens.”

She said the university providing vaccination to students on campus is a good next-step toward normal operation.

Jada Paul, a freshman biology major, said she thinks it’s good that the university is offering students a familiar place to get the vaccine. 

Paul said she plans to get vaccinated because she trusts the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“I think people are more skeptical of it because there’s a lot of false information. The people who are putting it out there don’t really know the biology of it,” Paul said. 

Abby Bahlavooni, a freshman biology major, said she also plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine on campus. 

“The more people that get vaccinated, the better protected we’ll be against COVID,” Bahlavooni said. 

Students will receive the second vaccination 21 days after the initial vaccination. The university plans to complete all vaccinations before finals. 

Faculty and staff can sign up on a waiting list to be vaccinated if there are unused doses in a day.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced today that Hoosiers age 30 and up are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and that ages 16 and up will be eligible Wednesday.