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Shenandoah University to aid in local vaccination efforts

15 December 2020 Covid19 Winchester News

Shenandoah University will aid in local vaccination efforts starting this week at the request of the local hospital system, Valley Health. 

Approximately 20 faculty and staff will help during the first two weeks of administration, according to a news release from the university. Those in health professions, pharmacy and nursing (adjunct or full-time) who are credentialed to give vaccines will help administer the vaccine. Health care observers will watch for side effects immediately after participants receive a shot, while other faculty and staff will perform clerical and data entry duties. 

Additional faculty and staff will be called upon to help in the ensuing weeks. So far, about 60 individuals at Shenandoah have signed up to help.

Valley Health will provide training and personal protective equipment to faculty and staff, who will be eligible for vaccination for their role in the vaccine rollout.

Valley Health will conduct vaccinations five days a week on its campus. Approximately 500 vaccinations will be administered each day.

If necessary, Shenandoah will be able to house vaccines at the appropriate cold temperature in a freezer located on its main campus in Winchester.

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