Practical Nursing Students Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

Posted on Feb 08, 2021 at 20:38 PM

OTC Nursing Student Administering Covid VaccineStudents in the Practical Nursing Program at Ogeechee Technical College are assisting the Coastal Health District by administering flu shots to school aged children and COVID-19 vaccines to adults in Effingham County.

Each year Ogeechee Tech students help administer flu shots to school aged children, this year under medical supervision, the students have also been able to administer COVID-19 vaccines to patients at the Effingham County Health Department.

“The students are always well prepared when they arrive for clinic, they have been provided the syringes and needles for training before they come,” said Cynthia Grovenstein, County Nurse Manager for the Effingham County Health Department. “This year, there is a great deal of administrative work involved. Having the students help administer the flu shots and COVID-19 vaccine, allowed public health nurses the flexibility to complete schedules, reports, and answer questions from school staff and parents,” added Grovenstein.

A partnership that began in 2009, OTC students have helped administer the flu shot to over 24,000 total Effingham County students in that time, which adds up to roughly 10% of the student population each year.

“This has been a really beneficial partnership for OTC throughout the years. This season our students are getting the added experience of administering vaccines amidst a pandemic and getting the opportunity to work in an environment that has additional procedures and protocols to follow,” said Jackie Howard, a Practical Nursing instructor at Ogeechee Tech.

The process for administering the flu shots looked a little different this year than in the past. The shots are normally administered to students at their schools, however due to pandemic protocol, they were administered through car windows at the makeshift drive-thru that had been set up at the Effingham County Health Department.

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Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. OTC provides student‐centered academic and occupational programs and support services at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels. OTC utilizes traditional and distance education methodologies in state-of-the-art facilities while supporting adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training.






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