Stanislaus County educators over age 50, including Stan State faculty, wait in line at the Feb. 22, 2021, vaccination clinic outside Fitzpatrick Arena on campus. (Signal Photo)

On March 3 at 5:40 p.m., members of the campus community received a StanAlert informing them that the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now open to education sector employees who are 16 years and older. 

The notification stated that the  vaccination clinic will be open to this group on Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is located on campus at the Fitzpatrick Arena. 

Following the alert, there was some confusion regarding whether or not this group includes paid student employees. Dr. Rosalee Rush, Senior Associate Vice President Communications & Public Affairs, was able to provide clarification.

“It is my understanding, based on the information we have received from the county, that students who work at the university are eligible for vaccination,” Rush said. She added that this applies to students who are 16 or older. 

In order to get vaccinated, student employees must provide proof of employment such as pay stubs and their student ID. No appointment is necessary, as vaccines are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

Stan State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Site website provides further guidance on the necessary procedures when getting vaccinated. 

All those who are coming to campus for vaccinations must wear a face covering and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. Free parking is provided in Lots 8 and 11a, near the Fitzpatrick Arena. Although vaccination screenings will be available on-site at the clinic, you can also fill out the screening form prior to your visit. Additionally, remember to bring a photo ID. 

Dr. Elizabeth Peisner, Interim Executive Director for Health & Wellness at Stan State, has advice for student employees who are deciding whether or not to get vaccinated. 

“I would definitely encourage students to review all the literature that the CDC and Stanislaus County Public Health have provided related to vaccination questions as far, as its efficacy, possible side effects, and the importance of being vaccinated.”

Peisner also encourages students to do research on the various vaccines and their differences. 

“The Stan State homepage and website also provides a great deal of information to students related to their COVID questions,” Peisner said.

Peisner added, “My opinion on the matter is that I would definitely encourage student employees to get vaccinated. We have students currently serving on campus or visiting campus in relation to their employment, and it’s really important that they feel comfortable, confident and secure in their vaccines as it relates to their roles on campus.” 

Peiser also explained that student employees can help their peers in the campus community by sharing their experience with getting vaccinated. “They can then share their experience and their participation in the vaccination process with their classmates and their friends as the various tiers of vaccinations open up to more and more students in the future.”

Although it is located on Stan State’s campus, the vaccination clinic is hosted by Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. For this reason, Stan State officials are only able to provide information to students once it is given to them by the county. Rush explained that, as she receives more information from the county, she will be able to provide more answers. 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination clinics, visit the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency website.

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