Auburn University begins COVID-19 vaccinations

Auburn University begins COVID-19 vaccinations
Auburn frontline employee Amy Wiley (left) receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Auburn was provided its first batch of the vaccine on Wednesday, with 3,500 doses being delivered and the university immediately initiating a phased approach in administering vaccinations. (Source: Auburn University)

AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - Auburn University confirmed it got its first 3,500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The university will have a phased approach to administering the vaccine, which started with front-line health care workers on Wednesday.

The university says its vaccination program has three phases based on highest risk levels and the current guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The details of those phases can be viewed here.

“This is tremendous news for our university campus as we are now able to begin our first phase of inoculating first responders on campus and those who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work remotely,” said Fred Kam, director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic, said in a news release. “As we await additional batches of the vaccine to be released by the Alabama Department of Public Health, we are quickly making good use of the vaccine we now have and are committed to making it available on a wider scale as quickly as possible.”

The university expects more vaccines in the future but he exact delivery date is not yet known.

Updates will be posted on Auburn’s COVID-19 Resource Center website.

“The goal here is not to hold on to any doses,” Kam said. “The goal is to give up every dose that we can as quickly as we can.”

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