On January 20, 2021, the Spring Hill junior and senior nursing students went to Mobile Infirmary and gave over 1,000 COVID vaccinations between the two classes. The students were also offered to receive the vaccine for themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed”. The CDC also stated some of the benefits from getting the COVID vaccine: it will keep you from getting COVID, it is a safer way to help build protection, and the vaccine is an important tool to stop the pandemic.
The nursing students can now do their jobs with peace of mind knowing they are more protected from COVID. Junior nursing student Bridget Reynolds says “Giving the vaccine was an amazing opportunity for my class, and it really does feel like we were making history. We gave around 600 vaccines in one day to healthcare workers and individuals 75 years and older. This was an opportunity to have a positive effect on the Mobile community. It was our chance to help those who have been desperately waiting for a vaccine. There were so many emotions shown throughout the day and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. The pandemic is not over, but I’m hopeful this is a step closer to the end. A step that we really needed to take.”
Out of the 190,432 people living in Mobile, Alabama, the nursing students vaccinated 0.5 percent. While this is a small percentage, the Spring Hill nursing students have contributed to stopping the spread of COVID-19. As of February 8, 2021, the City of Mobile decided to extend the vaccine to those 65 and older rather than the previous 75 and older. The vaccine will also be available for healthcare workers, first responders, and those living or working in congregate settings. The nursing students will receive their second round of the vaccine in the upcoming week and will be giving out more vaccinations on February 24, 2021 at Springhill Medical Center. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit www.cdc.gov. For information about when and how to get tested in Mobile, visit www.cityofmobile.org.