LSU holds mass vaccination event at Tiger Stadium


    LSU students line up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination event at Tiger Stadium (JC Canicosa/Louisiana Illuminator)

    It’s been a boring first year of college for Gerica Buchanan at LSU, she said Thursday. Buchanan expected to connect with new people from around the world, make connections with her professors and go to LSU football games, but “I didn’t really get to do any of that since we’re not on campus,” she said. “So that sucked.”

    But after receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning, Buchanan said she’s “ready to get more of the actual college experience.”

    “Hopefully next year will be better,” she said.

    Buchanan received her first shot at a mass vaccination site at Tiger Stadium, where LSU hosted a mass vaccination site open to everyone eligible for the vaccine. In Louisiana, everyone 18 and older is eligible to receive the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and residents 16 years and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

    This was the third mass vaccination event LSU has hosted, and the first one open to all students. As of April 1, 5,700 LSU students, faculty, and staff have reported being vaccinated, LSU Interim President Tom Galligan said in a message to the Illuminator.

    As of April 1, LSU reported just 14 students and two employees currently have COVID-19, or 0.4 percent of the LSU population.

    Ernie Ballard, the spokesperson for LSU, said the university is “prepared to offer more vaccination events.”

    “(Mass vaccination events) are determined by the availability of vaccines, so we look forward to working with the state on planning future vaccine sites,” Ballard said.