ECU’s mass vaccination clinic at Minges Coliseum kicks off with shots, hope

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — East Carolina University has partnered with Vidant Health and Pitt County to distribute a large number of COVID-19 vaccines to ECU students during College Week, April 5-9.

Any student, faculty or staff member who is 18 or older is eligible. Members of the general public can also participate.

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There are some mixed emotions when it comes to getting that shot in the arm, but students who were at Wednesday’s event said they were ready.

“If I can just get it done one time and get it done and over with, I’m cool with it,” said junior Samson Strickland.

ECU’s vaccination clinic will take place Wednesday through Friday at Minges Coliseum located on ECU’s Grady-White Boats Athletics Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made at https://studenthealth.ecu.edu/covid/. Giveaways and prizes provided by Starbucks, Dowdy Student Stores and other partners are planned.

At this time, ECU will be distributing the one-shot vaccine option until supplies run out. ECU students, faculty and staff are asked to bring their 1Card and are encouraged to bring a friend and/or family member.

Campus leaders hope to get thousands of people vaccinated by Friday.

“We want to fight for the fall semester, we want it to be as normal as we can make it, and get back to the ECU way, so to do that we need everybody to be vaccinated,” said ECU Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Virginia Hardy.

ECU Transit will provide transportation to Minges, including direct shuttles on campus from the Main Campus Student Center and from off-campus apartment complexes. The complexes affiliated with ECU Transit will be part of a 30-minute loop between the complexes and Minges. The routes will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the last route leaving Minges at 4:30 p.m. each day. 

College Week is aimed at providing college-age students easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Vidant Health hosted the first clinic days April 5-6 at the Greenville Convention Center.

If you have questions, email ecucovidvaccine@ecu.edu or visit the ECU Vaccine website for more information. 

If you are not located in the Pitt County area, you can find vaccine locations nearest you by visiting Myspot.nc.gov.

Highlights:

  • ECU is hosting a mass vaccination clinic April 7-9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
  • NC residents who meet age requirements are eligible for the vaccine beginning April 7.
  • Vaccinations will take place at Minges Coliseum.
  • Students, faculty, staff and members of the general public 18 and older can participate.
  • Appointments are encouraged but not required and can be made at https://studenthealth.ecu.edu/covid/ .

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