If at-risk residents of the city of Trenton cannot get to a COVID-19 vaccination site, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions students are coming to them.

On Monday, April 12, nursing students in the Accelerated BSN Program stepped in to assist with the rollout of the city’s vaccines for homebound populations. The event is part of an ongoing effort in administering vaccines to thousands of at-risk residents. Monday’s event was overseen by Dr. Adela M. Ames-Lopez, the City of Trenton’s director of Health and Human Services.

“We are deeply committed to our community and well-prepared to partner in the massive coordination of this effort,” said Dr. Ana Maria Catanzaro, associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs at the school, who is charged with coordinating student nurse teams and educators from TESU and other N.J.-based institutions during the effort. “While the students fulfill their clinical hour requirements and build their on-ground community nursing skills, they are helping to avert the most serious public health crisis of our generation for the most vulnerable and deserving members of our community.”

Residents of South Village 2 apartments on Stokely Avenue who were registered to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, but could not safely make their way to the building’s lobby area to receive it, had the vaccines administered in their own apartments by TESU nursing students under the supervision of their clinical instructors.

Through Wednesday of this week, the students will administer the vaccines in South Village 1 on Lalor Street and Luther Arms Senior Housing on South Broad Street in Trenton.

To learn more about this and other academic programs available through the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions, visit www.tesu.edu/nursing

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