College students become priority for COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Danny Avula says college students ‘are spreaders of disease’

BLACKSBURG, Va. – As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues, college students are becoming a big focus.

A clinic for Virginia Tech students next week filled up in less than 24 hours.

Despite young adults showing mild reactions to the coronavirus, it’s State Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula’s priority to get shots in college students’ arms before the spring semester ends.

“It’s really the reality that college students are drivers of transmission,” Avula said. “And so when you look at that young adult population because of their behaviors, their adherence to mitigation factors. They are spreaders of disease.”

David Sanches, a material science engineering major at Virginia Tech, agrees as he was worried about bringing the virus back home to his family in California.

“I think if we have an outbreak here and we don’t know it to two weeks out,” Sanches said. “It might be we spread it throughout the country.”

That’s why some health districts are already underway with student vaccination clinics.

But a shortage of Johnson and Johnson vaccines may push clinics back a week.

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