With production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine now underway across the country, Indiana University is actively preparing its campus communities for this significant step in battling the pandemic.
The first rounds of vaccines are being shipped to health systems across the state. IU School of Medicine trained student workers to administer the vaccine.
Frontline health care workers and the students supporting the vaccine effort are the first eligible within the IU community to receive the vaccine, with inoculations beginning this week. Others, including essential workers and high-risk populations, will then be offered the protection in a phased approach, with timing based on the number of vaccines received and the response to the initial offering.
While the vaccine, which is a two-dose regimen, is a critical step toward stopping the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing and mask wearing continue to be vital, said Graham McKeen, assistant university director of public and environmental health.
"The vaccine is our best path forward, and we are hopeful eligible populations will take advantage of this important protection," he said.