SAIT’s flu shot clinic off to a slow start

The annual SAIT flu shot program got under way on Oct. 20 at the campus health clinic in the Senator Burns Building.

Turnout was low on the first day of the clinic, as many students indicated they weren’t aware flu shots were available on campus.

Of five students questioned, only one had heard of the program, despite the fact notice was sent out to via email, to all students, on the first day.

Staff were notified separately via the SAITNow email service.

“I kind [of] heard on the news that it would be available this week everywhere and then I walked in and kind [of] saw it,” said Alice Marriner.

According to Rachelle Suing, a registered nurse working for SAIT Health Services, the clinic saw mostly staff coming in for their shots during its first day of operation.

Just a pinch: Nurse Rachelle Suing preps to administer a flu shot in the SAIT Health Services' flu clinic on SAIT campus on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. SAIT Health Services plans to administer around 1500 shots this year. (Photo by Jordyn Thomson/The Press)
Just a pinch: Nurse Rachelle Suing preps to administer a flu shot in the SAIT Health Services’ flu clinic on SAIT campus on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. SAIT Health Services plans to administer around 1500 shots this year. (Photo by Jordyn Thomson/The Press)

“Teachers should let you know,” said Stephanie Alcock, a student who had been unaware that the clinic was running.

SAIT’s website states that the clinic will run until Nov. 9, an expansion from previous years due to “an agreement with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary” meaning that “nursing students from the university will be giving the injections.”

Suing says the number of people getting the shot should increase this year, compared to 2013, but it’s hard to say for sure.

The health clinic is located on the ground floor of the R wing, Burns Building. To make an appointment to get the shot, call 403-284-8666 on weekdays, during regular business hours.

About Jordyn Thomson 3 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jordyn Thomson is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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