Universities consider next steps regarding vaccination sites and reporting

This photo of Tulane University was taken June 3, 2010. (Photo by Tulane Public Relations Creative Commons License)

Louisiana State University hosted a mass COVID-19 vaccination event on Sunday “put on by (the Louisiana Department of Health) and National Guard,” Ernie Ballard, a spokesperson for LSU said, and gave out 800 vaccine doses.

Ballard said the university is “still planning and prepping for an LSU-specific site” and sent out a survey out to the LSU community to gauge interest in getting the vaccine. He said the university also sent out information letting LSU students, faculty and staff who have already received the vaccine know how they can inform the university.

LSU Interim President Tom Galligan said the university hasn’t yet decided on whether or not to report the number of vaccinated students on its COVID-19 dashboard, but will suggest that option to the administration.

Michael Strecker, the communications director of Tulane University, said “we are looking into that possibility” of adding their inoculated students to their COVID-19 dashboard as well.

“We track everyone who receives a vaccine via the Tulane Vaccine Clinic and ask those who are vaccinated outside of our system to inform us when they are vaccinated,” he said. On Tuesday, Tulane Vaccine Clinic’s soonest available vaccine appointment is April 6.

At this time, vaccine supply at the Tulane Vaccine clinic is very limited and vaccines are only available for Tulane faculty, staff, and students who meet the eligible requirements,” Strecker said. “Eligible Tulanians are also urged to seek vaccines through mass vaccination locations such as the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other sites throughout our area.”

Tonya Oaks Smith, a spokesperson for Louisiana Tech University, said the university is not currently tracking student vaccinations, but is partnering with local health care providers “to meet the state requirements for holding vaccination clinics on campus.”

A spokesperson from Southern University said the university has no plans to host mass vaccination events at this time.

The story will be updated if the Louisiana Illuminator receives updates from other colleges and universities.