Vaccinations offered during UConn commencement ceremonies
May 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - It's the moment students wanted, but feared they were going to lose.
After last year, it was all online and we were all really sad about it, and so when we found out it was happening, we all signed up right away and we came, and it feels amazing," UConn graduate Alyssa Paladino tells us. Paladino says the school limited the number of people that could RSVP, kept everyone social distant, and masks were required. On top of those safety measures, the school also partnered with Community Health Center and hosted a vaccine clinic next door. One group of graduates were all vaccinated before today, but say this vaccine clinic was ideal. "My family lives around the area as well, so my mom actually got her vaccine here last week, so it’s definitely more accessible, which is what we need," UConn graduate Zoe Green said. It's a push clinics, like CHC, are doing to target people who haven't gotten the shot. "The graduates can really set an example for their other brothers and sisters, sometimes for their parents," Mark Masselli, president and CEO of Community Health Center says. With clinics like this one, officials hope to beat the hesitancy some might have. "Now is not the time to throw the ball down and spike it, so we have more work to do.
There’s a reason why it was approved by emergency FDA, so I think you just need to educate yourself," UConn graduate Franches Garay added. As graduation ceremonies continue, so will the clinic. All you have to do is drive in, no appointment needed, and get your shot of Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.