MOORHEAD — Minnesota State University Moorhead students and staff got their chance to get their COVID-19 vaccine doses without leaving campus Tuesday, May 4.

They made their way to the Comstock Memorial Union to meet nurses from Essentia Health, who gave each person who registered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ryan Nelson, the director of the MSUM Public Safety Department, said he's happy to see dozens get the needle before the end of the school year.

"When the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was re-approved, and the pause was released, we had the opportunity to offer the Johnson and Johnson, the one-dose vaccine, to students before they leave," he said.

An Essentia Health nurse fills a vial with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during an on-campus vaccine clinic at Minnesota State University Moorhead Tuesday, May 4. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
An Essentia Health nurse fills a vial with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during an on-campus vaccine clinic at Minnesota State University Moorhead Tuesday, May 4. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

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Tuesday's clinic comes just two days before students start their final exams, and Nelson hopes the clinic will lead to more normalcy in the fall semester.

"There'll be classes that'll be face-to-face; we want to have events and student organizations that can have meetings and so forth face-to-face, and this is part of that plan, is get people vaccinated," Nelson said.

Nelson expected 100 students and staff to register and get the shot, but only 62 people did so Tuesday.