Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in coordination with Macon Occupational Medicine, the agency managing the school’s on-campus Wellness Centers started administering COVID-19 vaccinations to faculty, staff, and students on Friday, March 19, 2021. During its first week of vaccinations, the university administered nearly 100 shots provided exclusively to its campus community for eligible recipients who choose to receive it.
In February, the Georgia Department of Public Health approved FVSU as a closed point of dispensing meaning that vaccinations can be provided to its students, faculty and staff only. The university recently received its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine and began administering shots within days based on appointments made by members of the campus community.
Richard Riley, the emergency management coordinator for FVSU, said campus health officials began administering the first doses to employees and students who qualified under the 1A vaccination phase at the Hunt Student Wellness Center. The university started the 1A distribution based on the State of Georgia requirements which included individuals 55 and older as well as individuals as young as 16 with certain medical conditions. But the school is now administering vaccinations to all members of its campus community aged 16 and up following Governor Brian Kemp’s expansion announcement on March 23. Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and up.
“In keeping with our commitment to protect the health, safety, and well-belling of our students and employees, we are excited to provide convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine to members of our campus community should they choose to receive it,” said Dr. Paul Jones, FVSU president.
FVSU on-campus vaccinations are currently being administered on Mondays and Fridays of each week. Campus health officials are still recommending that individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms be tested – even for those undergoing vaccination. They also recommend continuing to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that includes wearing masks, social distancing, and diligent handwashing to prevent spread.