Freeman Center Fieldhouse becomes COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Essential workers in Newport News receive Moderna vaccine on campus

~Anna Dorl, Editor in Chief~

In recent weeks, the Fieldhouse in the Freeman Center at Christopher Newport has been transformed into a COVID-19 testing center, and recently, a vaccination clinic to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

After being inspected and approved by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) during the time period in which the Fieldhouse was only being used for COVID-19 testing, the university was asked to open up the space to vaccinate essential workers. President Paul Trible sent out an email to the student body on Jan. 21, where he explained, “Our facility will focus on our public servants in Newport News, York County and Christopher Newport who are on VDH’s Phase 1b list, including police, other emergency responders, teachers, individuals over the age of 65, and frontline workers who serve our students and community.” In his email, Trible confirmed that the vaccination program would not affect required COVID-19 testing for students returning to campus after winter break, calling it a “short-term arrangement.”

Adelia Thompson, Chief of Staff at Christopher Newport, sent out a detailed email to university employees which was later posted on on the COVID-19 Information page. She stated that eligible community members were able to receive their first doses of the Moderna vaccine throughout a five-day period, during which over 7,000 essential workers were vaccinated. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Fieldhouse will open again for another vaccination clinic. For those who were vaccinated during the 5-day period, they have to wait 28 days in order to receive the second dose, as is the case with all Moderna vaccines. Thompson said she anticipates that these second dosages will become available around Feb. 22 at the earliest, but this is subject to change.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve our community and our campus in this life-saving way,” Trible said in his campus-wide email that announced the vaccine clinic.

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