The St. Clair College Health Centre officially kicked off its vaccination clinic Wednesday.
Sixteen students had appointments to receive their vaccines and campus nurse Stacy Manzerolle hopes more students will take advantage of the opportunity to become fully vaccinated in the coming weeks.
Students can book their appointments on SIS by clicking on the tile marked Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment. Each appointment will last about 30 minutes to allow for an intake assessment and monitoring afterwards.
Clinics will be held at the main campus in Windsor on Wednesdays and in Chatham on Thursdays. Both campuses are administering mRNA vaccines and the clinics will run through to at least mid-October.
Campus nurse Stacy Manzerolle said she’s been getting some general questions about side effects and she has referred students to official public health websites for additional accurate information.
“I think you should always ask questions about any medication or health-related treatment you’re going to have. Just be sure to go to credible sources of information and trusted health professionals and critically think through the information you see online,” Manzerolle said. “Look at the source and ask yourself, is this an opinion-based piece of information or an evidence-based piece of information from a source I know to be trusted and scientific?”
COVID-19 vaccines are free for anyone living in Ontario. The vaccines are safe and effective, and are strongly recommended to keep yourself, your family, and the community safe, Manzerolle said.
If you received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine, you can safely receive either of the mRNA vaccines as your second dose. If you received a first dose of AstraZeneca, you can safely receive AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine as your second dose.
Sahil Kalyan was the first student to get his shot at the Health Centre on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good," he said afterwards. "We all know about COVID and how dangerous it is. So I think that we all should get our vaccinations to feel safer."