More than 200 students, faculty and staff received vaccinations during the five-hour program. The program was a collaborative effort between the Sanford Vermillion Clinic and Beacom’s Administration of Health Services Organizations course (HSAD 435).

“We wanted to host this flu shot clinic to provide students with a quick and easy option to get their flu shot between classes,” said Jewel Goodman Shepherd, Ph.D., associate dean of the USD Beacom School of Business Graduate Program. “In our course, we have several discussions on the importance of providing increased access to essential care and this flu shot clinic was an example of creating that access and bridging the gaps.”

HSAD 435 students experienced the logistics of hosting an event that protects the community. For the past four years, the students enrolled in HSAD 435 have worked with Sanford Vermillion Clinic’s director to assist with the administration of the flu shot clinic across campus and in the community.

This year, students in Shepherd’s Health Services Administration and Epidemiology course (HSAD 400) were also invited to participate to better understand the impact of herd immunity and vaccine efficacy.   

Shepherd will continue this collaboration with the Sanford Vermillion Clinic annually during the fall semester. In addition, options are being explored for HSAD students to be involved in a COVID-19 vaccination event in the future.
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