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Some UT Martin students wrap up finals week with a shot

MARTIN, Tenn. -- As national, state, community and university leaders begin discussing a return to normalcy, some University of Tennessee at Martin students took a step that experts say might aid in ending the pandemic.

UTM staff checking participants in before their vaccines

UT Martin faculty, staff and students were invited to a Covid-19 vaccine drive-thru Thursday, May 8, from 11-1 at the Office of Alumni Relations. Nurses administered the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.

Shannon Deal, Director of Student Health and Counseling Services, said it was disappointing when they had to postpone the event when the Johnson & Johnson shot was pulled due to blood clotting in some recipients.

Drive-thru participant checking in before receiving the vaccine // Photo: Kayla Brooks

Deal said she hoped to spread awareness about the vaccine.

"If you're hesitant [to get vaccinated] I would encourage you to research it so you feel confident enough to get it. I really just encourage you to get it because that's the only way we're really going to get back to normal," Deal said.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Andy Lewter said they hope to host more vaccine drive-thru events when school starts in August.

Student Health and Counseling Services administered 43 vaccines.

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