Alabama State University Announces Approval
as a COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Site!
By: Lois Russell/ASU
Alabama State University President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., announced during a news conference held on January 25 that the campus will serve as a COVID-19 vaccine administration site for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The President was joined by ASU Board of Trustees President Pro-Tem, Brenda Brown-Hunter; Trustee Tiffany McCord, Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis and Damon Duncan, executive director of the Montgomery Housing Authority.
The University has received 2,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and plans to offer them in phases. Immediately following the news conference, members of the University's Health Center and Department of Public Safety received the initial on-campus injections.
“We have developed a disbursement plan that begins with ASU’s health care workers and public safety employees. The vaccine will be available according to the phases highlighted in the distribution plan which includes the rest of the campus and ultimately the local community,” said Dr. Loyd-Davis, who directs the University’s Health Center.
Davis said the local community is also included in the disbursement plan as guided by the CDC and ADPH.
“We are most concerned about the residents in underserved communities, particularly the vulnerable populations in high-risk communities to include those above the age of 65. We will work with the Montgomery Housing Authority (MHA) as we did with providing COVID-19 testing,” Davis said.
Duncan said ASU’s partnership with MHA is an example of the University’s commitment to the residents of the city that his agency serves.
“The partnership with Alabama State University and the public health department has proven to be a critical partnership and collaboration in terms of ensuring quality of health for the residents that the Montgomery Housing Authority serves,” said Duncan. “Often times these residents are the last to be considered for something like this program. We appreciate ASU for making them among the first on the University’s list,” Duncan added.
ASU President Ross says the University is proud to have a role in helping to flatten the curve of coronavirus pandemic cases.
“We are excited to be able to continue our partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health in becoming a vaccine administration site,” said Ross. “We will make it available to our campus family as an added weapon in our arsenal in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. We will then give access to the surrounding community. As more of the vaccine is made available to us, we will continue to serve as a site in conjunction with public health officials. Alabama State University will continue to be a beacon of light and hope to this community.”
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