Purdue opened its long-awaited vaccine clinic on Tuesday targeted at vaccinating its student population.
Purdue officials hope to vaccinate 25,000 people over the next week.
Students filed into the Cordova Recreational Sports Center on Tuesday, a gymnasium that has been converted into a massive vaccine clinic.
Assata Gilmore is the President of Purdue Student Government.
“I was scared I’m not a huge fan of needles and I just know it’s a really important moment,” she said. “A little bit nervous but I’m so happy and excited and feel very relieved.”
Jared Florell is a Purdue senior and member of the university wrestling team.
“Get the vaccine if it’s available to you,” he said. “I don’t see a reason not to get it you can protect yourself and protect the people around you.”
Alex Seto is a Purdue graduate student and said he plans to head home and see his family once he’s fully vaccinated.
“I haven’t been home since last December,” he said. “I think the biggest thing is peace of mind that I’m likely to not spread covid.”
Willie Reed is Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue. He said the goal is to vaccinate 42 people every 10 minutes.
“We’re starting out with students receiving the vaccine the first week of our clinic and then we’ll open it up to faculty and staff,” he said.
Reed said the clinic is expected to last at least through the month of May.