Nursing students at Hawkeye Community College in Iowa have administered around 150 COVID-19 vaccinations at a campus clinic this week.
The Black Hawk County Health Department issued a unit of Moderna vaccine to the college to store in its clinic refigerators. Along with the proper refrigeration, Hawkeye nursing students are already trained for vaccine injections eliminating the need for any health department medical staff.
The vaccine clinic opened at Hawkeye solely for the faculty and their families, but left-over doses were allocated for students. The nursing students are receiving class credit for their work at the clinic.
The college was supposed to receive a shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has since been put on hold due to the CDC’s investigation into six blood clots linked to the company’s vaccine.
The college has not yet announced plans for future vaccine clinics but is open to continuing the work.