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Immunizing for a safer Purdue community

A student/staff having shot

A team of scientists, medical experts and campus leaders was assembled in October 2020 as part of the Purdue Vaccine Allocation Task Force and working in conjunction with the Protect Purdue Implementation Team to:

  • Determine and recommend Purdue’s response to COVID-19 vaccination based on phased and evolving approach from federal and state health and medical experts.
  • Gather and provide valuable information on available vaccines, including safety and efficacy.
  • Serve as a trusted body for the campus community, build confidence in vaccination and help dispel misinformation.

The result: Working closely with the Indiana Department of Health, Purdue launched a campus COVID-19 vaccination distribution site, offering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine at no cost in an effort to vaccinate as many students as possible before they headed home for the summer.

Opened April 6, 2021, at the Córdova Recreational Sports Center, the campus clinic signaled a major milestone on the return to normalcy in the yearlong battle against the pandemic.

In the clinic’s first week, more than 15,000 students received a first dose of the vaccine. Eligibility was expanded on April 12 to include faculty, staff, spouses, dependents and retirees affiliated with the West Lafayette campus. A temporary waitlist was established during the first 10 days to ensure all doses were put to use after the days’ scheduled appointments were completed.

More than 32,000 total doses of the vaccine have been administered on campus by the end of the academic year, with 18,000+ individuals receiving both their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on campus.

“The vaccines are game-changers in the battle against COVID-19 and our mission to restore a semblance of normalcy for our Purdue community.”

WILLIE M. REED
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Chair, Purdue Vaccine Allocation Task Force