LTU to offer students Pfizer vaccine, replacing J&J shots
SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus Friday.
LTU is receiving 200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through the Oakland County Health Division. Students were offered the vaccine in an e-mail from school administration and invited to sign up for an appointment.
Originally, LTU had planned on offering 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine Friday. But on Tuesday, federal authorities urged a pause in administering the J&J shot, based on six people developing a rare blood clotting disorder out of 6.8 million doses administered. Federal agencies are now investigating the circumstances of the reaction.
LTU Dean of Students Kevin Finn said the university began communicating with state and Oakland County health officials in November “and told them we’d be interested in vaccinating our students if we could do that.”
“Vaccinations are the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and end this pandemic,” Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said in a news release. “We are committed to making vaccine accessibility simple and equitable, which is why we are mobilizing efforts to bring vaccines to college students, and to those who are most vulnerable or do not have access to transportation. These efforts will help us reach our goal of vaccinating at least 70 percent of Michiganders age 16 and up as quickly as possible.”
On Tuesday, LTU announced that due to the spike in cases in Michigan, the university would shift to online instruction for the balance of the Spring 2021 semester, which will end May 8. Students living in LTU residence halls will be allowed to remain there until the close of the semester, and most of the university’s sports teams will wrap up their spring seasons over the next few weeks. LTU has approximately 1,000 students living on campus in its four on-campus residence halls and the Arbor Lofts apartments nearby. LTU also announced that student-athletes and students living on campus for the Fall 2021 semester would have to provide proof of vaccination, with limited religious and medical exceptions.
Wednesday, LTU also announced it had LTU has partnered with Ascension Providence Hospital to provide vaccinations for faculty and staff. The vaccinations will take place on April 27 and April 28 at the Southfield Civic Center Pavilion. Ascension will administer the Pfizer vaccine. The second dosage will take place on May 18 or May 19 at the same location.
To find a vaccination site in Michigan, visit the Michigan.gov/Coronavirus website.
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