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Canterbury Students Receive First Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations

Kelly Slonaker

Nearly 50 percent of Canterbury’s eligible students have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As soon as adolescents aged 16 and over became eligible for the vaccine in Connecticut, Canterbury’s Health Services Team created a plan to offer it to our students. Canterbury partnered with Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), an independent, non-profit healthcare provider in the state of Connecticut, to organize a vaccination opportunity at a closed clinic site in Danbury, CT. On Sunday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 20, close to 40 students received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Canterbury provided transportation to the site for boarding students, with faculty members driving and accompanying them to the appointment. Students who have registered for the vaccine through Canterbury and the CHC will receive their second dose at the same location on May 9. An additional 45 students have received a first dose of the vaccine through their own means and will be administered their second dose in the coming weeks.

We extend an enormous thank-you to our Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ’02 and her team, and to Community Health Center, Inc. for this fantastic opportunity.