Wright State Physicians | Photo by Daniel Delgado | Edited by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian
The emergence of the coronavirus vaccine has shed some optimism amongst Wright State University (WSU) students, staff and the surrounding community.
What to know
With coronavirus cases still on the rise, people are looking for an effective solution to get back to some sort of normalcy.
Though social distancing and mask wearing mandates have been beneficial in terms of safety, many long-term concerns have not yet been put to rest.
Wright State Physicians (WSP) has not received doses of the vaccine as of yet, however, Director of Practice Operations Pam Kadrovach still has much to look forward to.
“We did apply through the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to be a physician’s group that receives vaccines. The last doses of vaccines were going to health departments, hospitals, and pharmacies,” Kadrovach said.
According to Kadrovach, WSP will receive ancillary kits several weeks before the vaccines are delivered. These ancillary kits will contain personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary supplies.
With ODH administering vaccine doses in pre-planned phases, students will not be able to get the vaccine until after Phase-1B is complete. Individuals may qualify for Phase-1B if they meet the required age or have specific health conditions.
Students who do not meet the requirements for the specific phase will not be prioritized until after February. Taryn Bailey, an undergraduate at WSU describes her experience working in a nursing home and how the vaccine brings new changes.
“In October I found out I had the coronavirus because of an outbreak in our nursing facility,” Bailey said.
Experiencing this moment made Bailey more aware of the importance of following guidelines like keeping her mask on and always washing her hands.
Bailey said she understands the psyche of others who want to take the vaccine, but due to pre-existing medical concerns she doesn’t feel safe taking it herself.
“Having lynch syndrome, I would not feel comfortable taking [the vaccine],” Bailey said.
According to Green County Public Health’s Public Information Officer Laurie Fox, you can find your local coronavirus vaccine provider location at the ODH main website. More locations will be updated in the future.