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Members of the Student Senate listen to theater students at Ohio University speak out against the poor conditions of Kantner Hall at the Student Senate meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (FILE)

Student Senate: Campus vaccination program discussed; Cat’s Cupboard donation drive beginning

Jenny Hall-Jones, Student Senate adviser, encouraged students to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine through the university at their meeting on Wednesday, however, Hall-Jones said there was some trouble distributing Johnson and Johnson vaccines. 

Vaccine clinics at Heritage Hall are now open for students to make appointments, with the Pfizer vaccine planned to be administered Friday and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine planned to be administered Monday, Hall-Jones said. 

“We were supposed to get all Johnson and Johnson (vaccines),” Hall-Jones said. “I don’t know if you’re following the national news, but the J&J had problems with distribution.”

Additionally, OU is still unsure which vaccines they will be receiving in the following weeks.

“We don’t know yet which vaccines we’re going to get in the next couple of clinics,” Hall-Jones said. “We are hoping we will get J&J (vaccines) because we’re worried about those of you who are not going to be in Athens anymore.”

Members of the Senate also advocated for all students to sign up and get the vaccine if they are able to. In addition to getting the vaccine, Hall-Jones encouraged students who have gotten the vaccine to register through the OU vaccine registry, so that the university can keep track of how many students have received the vaccine and if there is enough herd immunity.

Senate also discussed the Cat’s Cupboard Food Pantry Donation Drive occurring next week and encouraged students to donate. 

“Please help Student Senate support Cat’s Cupboard as we host a food drive for the week of April 12 through April 16,” Ian Carter II, Senate president, said. “You can donate physically by gathering food locally and send it in donation boxes to Baker, or virtually by making cash donations.”

A presentation on enrollment at OU was also given during the meeting, which included Senate’s plans for recruitment next year. Additionally, many of the current Senate officers congratulated the individuals who were voted into executive positions on Tuesday

“Congratulations to our new Senate executives, and everyone…elected into new positions,” Elizabeth Lilly, Senate vice president, said. “I’m so incredibly proud of all of you, it’s been a crazy year.”


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