ECU opens up vaccine clinic at Minges Coliseum

The school says this vaccination effort will bring them closer to “the ECU way”
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:12 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - East Carolina University has opened up a large-scale vaccination clinic on campus at Minges Coliseum.

The university has partnered with Vidant Health and Pitt County to give out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through Friday.

The clinic, for which appointments are encouraged, is open to both students and the general public. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and they are open to appointments and walk-ins.

The school said the goal is to give out 3,000 doses in the next 3 days.

“We want to fight for fall,” said Dr. Virginia Hardy, the vice chancellor for Student Affairs at ECU. “We want to fight for the fall semester. We want it to be as normal as we can make it and get back to...the ECU way.”

Masen Tarte, an ECU freshman, explained that he’s getting his shot to get back to the ECU way, too.

“It’s hard to make friends. It definitely turns people away from wanting to be in groups and talk to people,” said Tarte.

The health director for Pitt County, Dr. John Silvernail, knows getting the college-age population vaccinated will be a game changer.

“Getting vaccine into that group, we’re putting water on the seed of the fire, and I think that’s very important,” he said.

Students should bring their 1Card and are being encouraged to bring a friend and/or family member along to get their shot too.

ECU says their university transit busses will have direct shuttles to Minges from the Main Campus Student Center and from off-campus apartment complexes.

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