HAMPTON, Va. (March 22, 2021) — Hampton University in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts (VDH) administered 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to select individuals who pre-registered with the VDH and select HU staff members that fall in Phase 1b of the VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response Plan on March 20th. The Hampton University Convocation Center served as a mass vaccination clinic and began immunizations at 9 am.
“I’m just as happy as I can be that our “Home by the Sea” is joining the fight to end the pandemic with the opening of the Hampton University Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University. “It has always been Hampton’s mission and responsibility to serve our community and now with these vaccines our faculty and students will administer this much-needed life-saving vaccine to the community. Hampton University is dedicated to impacting our larger community in and outside of the classroom. Our ultimate goal is to promote character building, community service, and cultural awareness – key qualities for students’ success at Hampton University and beyond.”
The clinic was led by Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President for Research, and managed by the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing. Additionally, faculty, staff, and students from several departments including: the School of Science; Departments of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Biology, and Physical Therapy were on site to help. The clinic provided individuals with their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and operated on two shifts: 9 AM-12 PM, and from 1 PM-3:45 PM.
This clinic served individuals who pre-registered with the Virginia Department of Health Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts and received an email to schedule a time. The current vaccine demand far outweighs supply, and the Virginia Department of Health Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts is urgently trying to vaccinate citizens in the order in which they applied.
The Hampton University Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is the latest example of the institution doing its part to serve the region and help combat this deadly virus. On March 1, Hampton University unveiled its new mobile testing and vaccination station that will provide COVID-19 vaccines to people in underserved areas of Hampton Roads. In December of 2020, Dr. Harvey and other local leaders received the COVID-19 vaccine to publicly support taking the vaccine and encourage the African American community to take it as well. The African American community has had a long-standing fear and hesitancy as it relates to taking vaccines since the Tuskegee Experiment in 1932.