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Midland University offers COVID-19 vaccinations on campus

Posted at 6:10 PM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 23:17:16-04

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, a college in Nebraska was offering the COVID-19 vaccine to students on campus.

The clinic, held in the gymnasium of Midland University in Fremont, was just a short walk for many students from nearby dorms or classrooms.

“I thought it was nice because I don’t have a car on campus," said freshman Caitlin Gardner. "So it was nice to have it within walking distance to get it."

The university is one of the first in the state to offer students the COVID-19 vaccine on campus, and they believe they may even be one of the first in the nation to do so.

Through a partnership with the Three Rivers Health Department, Midland University was able to secure about 350 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“We wanted to make sure that our students had no barriers to get the vaccine if they wanted it," said Midland Vice President of Enrollment Marketing Merritt Nelson. "So that’s why we had it here on campus, and that's why we wanted the one vaccine.”

Some students said they were a bit nervous about getting the shot, but it was relatively painless and they're glad to have the security of being vaccinated.

“ I had talked to my parents about it over break, and they were like 'Yeah, it's super cool that you guys are able to do that, you should totally take advantage of that,'" said junior Morgan Donald.

Students and faculty are hoping that with more people getting the vaccine, they’ll soon see their campus back to normal in the near future.

“There's a good vibe on campus, there's a little bit of excitement and some electricity,” said Nelson. “I think people are very anxious to get the shot for those that want it.”

The university says if they see a desire for more vaccines on campus, they’ll try to work with the health department to host another clinic.

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