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Washington health officials take Covid shots to college campuses

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Courtesy Washington Department of Health
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The mobile clinics will park at EWU and CWU on Thursday.

The Washington Department of Health will set up mobile clinics at two college campuses this week to give Covid vaccine jabs to students, faculty and staff.

The agency’s vans will park at Eastern Washington University’s Cheney campus Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at Central’s campus in Ellensburg between 9 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Michele Roberts, the department’s assistant secretary in the Division of Prevention and Community Health, says the agency’s Care-a-Van initiative seeks to make it easier for people on college campuses to get Covid shots. She says vaccinations are available, for free, to students, faculty and staff, whether or not they’ve already had Covid shots.

“These clinics, the Care-a-Van clinics, at these college and university campuses, will have the primary series available, mRNA vaccines. We’re helping them do that if that’s still where they are in their series. And then we recommend after they finish their primary series, in a couple of months that they would get the updated booster as well,” Roberts said.

She says the clinics will also accommodate people ready for that most recent booster.

The vans will also visit the University of Washington’s three campuses and WSU’s Vancouver campus during the first week in October.

Roberts says the vaccinations brought to campuses are free to students, faculty and staff. They are not offering this season’s flu shot, though she recommends people seek that out when it’s available.