Nursing students give public COVID-19 vaccines

Most of the students who volunteered are seniors who will soon be healthcare professionals.
Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 6:25 PM CST
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BOONE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - A group of 25 Rockford University nursing students has volunteered to lend a helping hand administering COVID-19 vaccines in Boone County.

“I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into besides I was going to come here and be a helping hand,” Rockford University student Davonte Mikell said.

The Boone County Health Department gives the students the opportunity to work hand in hand with medical professionals. Rockford University nursing instructor Stephanie Yeager said it’s important for students to get involved outside the classroom to prepare themselves for their healthcare careers.

“Rockford University community prides itself in being a part of our community outside of the campus so having the students be here and be a part of this and work with the community directly front hand is awesome for our students and this is something they will definitely remember their whole career,” Yeager said.

The students assist health officials in giving out more than 360 covid-19 vaccines, Boone County Public Health Administrator Amanda Mehl says it’s a task her staff couldn’t accomplish without them.

“We’re putting hundreds of shots in people’s arms, and that is the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Mehl said. “They’re vitally needed we need to train the future workforce in our community and across our region, to be able to step up and respond to emergencies.”

Mikell says opportunities to step out of the classroom have been tough to come by in the pandemic, which magnifies the value of the experience at the vaccination clinic.

“Clinicals are limited right now during the pandemic so any hands-on experience we are allowed to do definitely jump on it,” Mikell said.

Yeager said most of the students who volunteered are seniors who will soon be healthcare professionals.

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