Medical students to help deliver COVID-19 vaccines in Clarke County

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Dr. Suzanne Lester, left, teaches second year medical student Annelise Bonvillain how to draw up a vaccine during training at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership. Second-year students will be helping at COVID vaccination centers in the Athens area in the coming weeks. (Photo courtesy University of Georgia)

Medical students at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership will begin helping administer the COVID-19 vaccine this week through an arrangement with the Clarke County Board of Health. The students recently completed an injection skills lab and all CDC vaccination modules to become qualified to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

The medical students will be working at Department of Public Health COVID-19 testing sites administering the vaccines and monitoring patients for vaccine reactions. They will also be assisting in other areas such as recruiting patients for vaccines and completing clerical work.

Eventually, students will administer vaccines through the Medical Partnership Mobile Clinic/Athens Free Clinic to help vaccinate the underserved communities they regularly serve through their Community and Population Health course.

“With the vaccine rollout ramping up statewide, we felt the need to turn our focus where we are needed most,” said Campus Dean Dr. Michelle Nuss. “We need all hands on deck to fight this pandemic, and having our students equipped to join in that fight is so rewarding for our medical students.”

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