Flu Vaccinations 2021: ‘Truly a Community Effort’

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Nursing student injecting flu vaccineTCU Nursing and the proverbial village that assisted them distributed 2,850 flu vaccines to Horned Frogs at their fall clinic.

However, the well-coordinated effort that people saw when getting their flu shot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 6 was only a fraction of the undertaking.

“This is where we give the majority of our vaccines, but so much of the effort goes into reaching our vulnerable populations by meeting them where they are,” said Sharon Canclini, assistant professor of professional practice in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

This includes efforts such as providing a ‘soft’ opening at 7 a.m. for ROTC and night shift campus police and facilities employees, mobilizing to the Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School for teachers who can’t leave their classrooms and hosting a targeted clinic for facilities employees who work non-traditional hours. This year, there was an added measure to reach the faculty and students working with infants in the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders in order to take every exposure precaution due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Also added this year were popup clinics to reach first-year students.

“We discovered last year that only 13% of our first-year students came for the flu shot, so we went to them,” Canclini said.

On two occasions, they took the flu shots directly to the first-year resident halls. They were able to vaccinate 348 first-year students.

The flu clinic mobilizes volunteers from all over campus.

“This is still a massive effort from our nursing students, but, honestly, with all of the COVID vaccination efforts, our students are stretched,” Canclini said. “So, our heroes in the Staff Assembly came to the rescue and put out a word for volunteers. This was truly a community effort.”

Also available at this year’s flu clinic was the Brown-Lupton Health Center team offering COVID-19 vaccines. A total of 70 COVID doses were delivered to the community in conjunction with the influenza vaccines.

If you have not received your flu shot, vaccines are available via walk-in at the Brown-Lupton Health Center while supplies last. Likewise, COVID-19 vaccines are available at the center.

Have questions about getting your flu shot during the global pandemic? Read TCU Nursing’s FAQ.