COVID vaccine clinic for University of Dayton students scheduled for Sunday

Premier Health workers prepare to vaccinate people from COVID-19 at an clinic held at the University of Dayton Arena Monday March 22, 2021.
Premier Health workers prepare to vaccinate people from COVID-19 at an clinic held at the University of Dayton Arena Monday March 22, 2021.

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

University of Dayton students will be offered vaccines at a clinic on Sunday, and university officials stated the level of vaccination will be considered when making fall decisions.

UD medical director Dr. Mary Buchwalder said in a statement about the vacccine clinic that the university “strongly encourages everyone on campus to be fully vaccinated.”

“In addition to our commitment to the common good and the urgent need to protect vulnerable populations, we will assess the level of vaccination protecting our campus community as we make decisions about class size and gatherings in the fall,” she stated in her note.

The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered during a Sunday clinic at UD Arena. The site will be operated by Miami Valley Hospital.

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The clinic is part of a statewide effort to offer convenient immunizations for college students before they head out for summer break. While college students are at lower risk for serious complications from the virus, the college population can still be a significant source of community spread.

The university said students should use an online form to report they’ve received their full COVID-19 vaccination and upload their vaccination record. Faculty and staff are not required to report their vaccinations.

“However, everyone reporting their full vaccination will help the University understand and manage more fully the pandemic on campus now and plan for the fall,” the university stated.

Along with the student clinic, any adult in Ohio including college students can seek a vaccine at another location.

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A UD spokesman shared a link to a statement on the vaccine clinics but said the university would not be doing interviews.

The Catholic university stated online that the university was assigned the J&J dose. Providers are not able to pick which type of vaccine they are assigned.

The Vatican has advised that all the COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable.

All the vaccines in use relied during testing on some form on stem cells descended from cells harvested decades ago from early stage aborted fetuses, but the J&J vaccine used stem cells not only to test the vaccine in the lab, but also in production.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops advised that if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over the J&J, but also that “given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing” they affirmed that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good.

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