COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Center | Photo by Caitlin Shatsby | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University (WSU) partnered with Premier Health to open a $300,000 COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Center on campus.
The center, operated by WSU and staffed by Premier Health, provides on-site rapid COVID testing, vaccination and at-home testing kits.
According to Chris Taylor, Dean of Students, the at-home kits as well as the Pfizer vaccine doses are provided by the state of Ohio. Premier Health provides staff members and equipment while WSU employees provide administrative support.
Costing the University $300,000 for the fall semester, the center is being paid for via Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, according to Director of Communications Seth Bauguess.
Premier Health is providing the main staff for the center. Athletic trainers from Fidelity, a branch of Premier, conduct COVID testing and staff from Premier’s Department of Community Health and Community Benefits conduct COVID vaccinations.
“Premier Health let us know that they were talking to Wright State and they employed CompuNet and Fidelity to put together the testing and vaccination clinics,” Katrina St.Clair, Sales Operations Director for CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, said.
The technicians and vaccine support staff are all paid members of Premier Health.
There is no extra cost to WSU for testing services through Premier, however, Premier does charge the university a fee to conduct vaccination services, according to Roopsi Naragan, director of Premier’s Department of Community Health and Community Benefits.
Naragan did not provide how much this fee is. The Wright State Guardian reached out to the university and received no response in regards to this cost.
The center is currently in operation for the remainder of the fall semester. According to Bauguess, WSU and Premiere are working on plans to continue the program into the spring semester.
St.Clair added that discussions are planned for December and that Premier Health is excited to continue its relationship with WSU.
“We [Premier Health] are committed to continuing to partner with Wright State,” St.Clair said.
Surveillance testing program
The opening of the center correlates with the start of a new COVID surveillance testing program on campus. The testing program is required for those who are randomly selected. According to Dean Taylor, about three percent of WSU’s population is selected to undergo a COVID test each week.
The COVID Testing and Vaccination Center is located in 023 Student Union and is open Tuesday through Thursday by appointment for on-site testing and vaccination. The center accepts walk-ins for those picking up an at-home testing kit.