Kentucky Wesleyan hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinic for employees and students

Officials: Over 50% of college is already vaccinated

Kentucky Wesleyan hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic for employees and students

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Kentucky Wesleyan College is partnering with with Poole’s Pharmacy Care in Owensboro to offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus for faculty, staff and students.

The clinic will be available for vaccine doses on Friday, Apr. 9, and Friday, Apr. 30.

In early March, Kentucky Wesleyan College President Dr. Thomas Mitzel announced that KWC intends to return to a fully operational residential campus in the fall of 2021.

“The availability of the vaccine and an opportunity to host a clinic on campus makes our return to a fully residential campus an even greater reality,” Mitzel said. “We are appreciative of the partnership offered by Poole’s Pharmacy Care and pleased with the response of our campus community to schedule an appointment. We also have numerous faculty and staff who have already been vaccinated, thanks to the continued expansion of eligible groups including higher education professionals.”

13 students and three employees signed up for the clinic.

Officials say the small turnout is because they have already vaccinated over 50% of students.

Bethany Bonanni, a junior at Kentucky Wesleyan, filled out paperwork to get a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m really excited to start feeling more comfortable being out there without a mask and stuff like that,” Bonanni said.

She said it’s all about doing your part for a healthy student body.

“It’s nice that we can all be in class and not have to worry about getting COVID, and actually do group work and everything that’s a part of the college experience,” Bonanni said.

Officials say over 50% of students vaccinated is a step forward after they had to shut down earlier this year.

“We did have what I call ‘the great pause of 2021’ where we had to stop everything on campus for a week, but that allowed us to sort of gather ourselves and be able to finish the semester in person,” Vice President of Student Affairs Rebecca McQueen-Ruark said. “To have that many people vaccinated and be able to do what we need to do is really exciting for us.”

Ruark said the vaccine is the key to move forward into fall.

“Oh my gosh, it’s so important to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” she said. “Everything we do at Wesleyan revolves around relationships and activities and the things that we can do in person, so to have as many people vaccinated as possible means we can get back to doing those things on campus, and having those signature experiences and just being in each other’s company safely.”

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