University Of Arizona To Move Its COVID-19 Vaccination Site Indoors

Published: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 12:52pm

The University of Arizona announced it will be moving its COVID-19 vaccine operations indoors at the end of the month, officials said during a Monday press conference.

With the weather warming up in southern Arizona, university officials are looking to move their outdoor operations into the Ina Gittings Building at the end of the month. 

“The heat is an issue now." said UA re-entry task force leader and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona. "We’ve had a couple, nothing serious, but some heat exhaustion where people have to be cooled and have drinks and so on, and of course we recognize that we’re getting up near the 100-degree days.” 

Other state vaccination sites have already moved indoors also in response to the weather. The university expects to double or triple its capacity when its site moves indoors.

No Update On Requiring Vaccine 

During the press conference, University of Arizona President Robert Robbins said he hasn’t not decided whether he will require students get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Robbins and the other presidents of the state universities are discussing taking a uniformed approach to this.

"I still strongly, strongly encourage and really favor mandating it," he said. 

Robbins expects he and the other university presidents will have a decision by the fall semester. 

Gov. Doug Ducey’s new executive order banning vaccine passports does not prohibit universities, schools and child care centers from requiring student’s vaccination records. 

Nationwide, universities like Yale and Seattle University are already requiring the vaccines.

 

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