SFA announced their partnership with Nacogdoches Medical Center to administer COVID-19 vaccines last Friday in an email from the Office of the President.
The first round of vaccines was for Phase 1a, which includes SFA health clinic employees, nursing students in clinicals and athletic trainers/training staff. Phase 2a members, first responders and custodians/plumbers/residence life employees, were allowed vaccinations afterward depending on availability.
After those phases, Phase 1b was eligible to receive the vaccine depending on availability; this phase was for people 65 years of age or older and people 18 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition.
According to Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Safety Officer Sonya Hendry, SFA received 1200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Those eligible were given the first dose on Jan. 25 or Jan. 26 and will receive the second dose four weeks later. When more vaccines are brought in, Phases 1a, 2a and 1b will most likely receive their second dose before more people are allowed to get the first.
David Brown, a junior computer science major from Katy, TX, got the vaccine on Wednesday. He was eligible because he fits into phase 1b’s requirements.
[The process] took around 30 minutes,” Brown said. “We don’t know the long-term effects yet, but I would encourage people, if they can, to get [the vaccine].”