Student leaders at Houston universities including the University of St. Thomas received the first round of the Moderna vaccine on March 29 during a press conference held at the University of Houston student center to encourage other students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The initiative, known as #TakeYourBestShot, was created by UH’s #ForTheStudents President Isaiah Martin with help from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who both spoke at the event.
UST was represented by members of its student government, Residence Life, and Club Sports Association; Club Sports Association Chair John Tran was the UST spokesperson at the press conference.
“I speak on a personal basis to not only UST students but all college students: take your best shot,” Tran said to the press.
“Get vaccinated; this is the way to do it.”
Tran told the Independent he hopes the initiative will encourage students who may be reluctant or too scared to get the vaccine.
“It’s a huge collective effort I’m proud to be [a part] of and to represent UST,” Tran said.
UST Student Body President Kim Nguyen said she would like to hold a similar vaccination opportunity at UST so more students are able to be back in person for the fall semester.
“I know that UST is really big on health initiatives and a lot of other initiatives with protecting its students,” Nguyen said. “So I hope with this [event], we are able to have vaccination rollouts on our campus and work with other universities as well.”
A second dose of the Moderna vaccine will be administered to the March 29 group at UH within the next 28 days.
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