Michigan State University is launching a student-only vaccine clinic Friday.
A recent survey conducted by the National Social Norms Center at MSU found more than 80% of MSU students plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to them. Now, the school is making appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine specifically available to them inside of the MSU Pavilion.
Michigan State University Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen said there are 3,000 initial appointments available for the first week.
“It moves us even closer to a more typical fall semester at Michigan State University," he said.
So far, MSU is planning to hold 75% of undergraduate classes in-person in the fall. Classes will be offered in-person, hybrid, and some — especially those that would traditionally fill large lecture halls — will remain online.
Mary Stout is a senior at MSU and the Director of Health, Safety and Wellness for the undergraduate student government at the university. She said she’s encouraged by the school's focus on accessibility.
“I am really glad that they're offering rides to and from for students who don't have cars, and don't have a way to get around to be able to get their vaccines," she said.
Stout said she had spoken to some students who don't have a personal identification card or a driver's license. she said they expressed concern about whether they would be able to access a vaccine.
"I'm grateful that those students without an ID will be able to go and get their vaccine without that worry," she added.
While all appointments have been filled for the first week, Olsen is encouraging students to keep checking the website regularly as more slots open up. Interested students must register to schedule an appointment, available on a first-come, first-served basis.