STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Not too long ago, Mississippi State University (MSU) announced it was offering free vaccines to all employees. Now, the university extended its offer to its students as well.
MSU emergency manager Brent Crocker said the university currently has 1,170 Pfizer vaccines and 300 Johnson and Johnson shots available for students and employees.
“We understand that students sometimes feel like if they do get it, they’re not going to be very sick," he said. "But we need them to also understand that they could pass it on to someone else.”
No one understands that concept better than State junior, Olivia Snell.
With a 96-year-old great-grandmother, she decided to get the vaccine to regain the ability to visit her without worrying about getting her sick.
Snell is awaiting her second dose appointment. She feels that it could only help her fellow classmates to receive the vaccine too.
“A normal college life is really important," she explained. "A lot of us aren’t getting a lot out of online classes and I know like for sporting events, we all want to get back in there and cheer on the Bulldogs. So, I think if everyone really just did their part to get back to normal, it would make a big difference.”
The university will begin offering the vaccine on Thursday at the Humphrey Coliseum starting at 9 A.M. and go until noon.
Crocker believes by giving students easy access to the vaccine, it will bring great advancements to the university as a whole.
“We are a community. We’re a very close community," said Crocker. "We come in contact with each other regularly, even when we try to distance. So, we want the entire community to do their best to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and the vaccine is one of those great steps.”
The emergency manager said the university will continue to give vaccines out for as long as possible, however, the university is on a tight deadline as students leave for summer vacation next month.