LU administers first round of COVID-19 vaccines on campus

Lamar University Cardinals will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, March 15-18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Vaccine Clinicthe Setzer Student Center.

The university has received 250 complete doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Christus Southeast Texas Health System, and Cardinals will be vaccinated based on eligibility.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has now expanded eligibility for the vaccine to include front-line workers, residents at long-term health facilities, those over 50 years of age and those with comorbidities.

“We’re doing everything we can to protect our campus, faculty, staff and students,” said Shawn Gray, director, Student Health Center. “We’re thrilled that Christus reached out to us with the availability of shots, and we are collaborating to get this done and our people vaccinated.”

Nursing students and faculty from Lamar University’s JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing will be volunteering to help administer the shots in collaboration with Gray and her team.

Gray has applied with the State of Texas for more vaccines and is awaiting notification of the availability of those vaccines for the Lamar University community.

“These vaccines are not the allocation requested from the state,” said Gray. “I registered and check every day to see when we’ll get those and we’ll administer them based on eligibility and just continue to do what we can to keep our community safe.”

Gray said people being vaccinated must bring their Lamar University I.D. to their vaccine appointment to complete the registration process and be prepared to wait 15 minutes after they’ve taken the vaccine before they can leave. Each person vaccinated will get an appointment for the second vaccine.

“This is a great opportunity for Lamar University to begin the process of vaccinating against COVID-19,” said Gray. “I look forward to receiving more vaccines and widening the population of those who can take it.”