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EKU nursing students to help with COVID-19 vaccinations

Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 11:55 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Eastern Kentucky University students returned to campus Tuesday.

Nursing students had an important task on their first day back. Soon, they’ll be assisting with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccinating the entire state is a tremendous task and EKU nursing students will assist in the effort. Pretty soon, they’ll be administering the COVID-19 vaccine to members of the community and students on campus.

Tuesday, they practiced giving injections to dummies. Students are also learning about public health and risk factors associated with the virus.

“How social determinants of health affect the community, how it’s important definitely during this pandemic to educate the community on simple things such as wearing a face mask, waving hands, and the importance of being vaccinated,” said Professor Sharonda Rose. “We will be joining with some community patents in the efforts across the state.”

Professor Rose believes they’re ready for the big task ahead of them,

“I believe we have the best students in the state,” Rose said. “Our students are very good students, very smart students, they are highly sought after.”

EKU nursing students say they are excited to be back on campus getting a real-life, hands-on experience. They tell us they can’t wait to get out into the community and start putting their book knowledge to work.

Nursing students also have the option of getting the COVID-19 vaccine themselves.

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