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University Of Arizona Strongly Urging Students To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine By Friday

During a weekly press conference, the University of Arizona urged its students to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The university is encouraging students to get a vaccine by Friday so they can be fully vaccinated by the end of the semester, especially if they are leaving southern Arizona for the summer break.

The university has heard many students are hesitant to get the vaccine, but during a Monday press conference, Dr. Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general, urges them and their parents to go for it.

“It is the right thing to do because it’s not only about protecting your children. It’s about contributing to protect your community and achieving herd immunity," he said. 

Students can sign up for a vaccine appointment by going online. They can also visit the university’s vaccination site in-person for a same-day appointment. 

The university is currently not mandating students get a COVID-19 vaccine, but UA President Robert Robbins said he thought it was a good idea. He does worry  that Arizona state lawmakers might ban public universities from doing so like Florida and Texas have.

“I think it’s a good idea to mandate it but we still have to play the political realities of whether that’s going to happen in Arizona or not. So we’re waiting to see," he said. 

Rocio Hernandez is a senior field correspondent who was raised in the Las Vegas valley. She temporarily left the desert to work as the first bilingual reporter at KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she covered immigration and education stories. Prior to KUER, Hernandez worked at the Associated Press’s office in Phoenix and has also interned for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reno Public Radio (KUNR) and the East Bay Times. Hernandez fell in love with audio storytelling after participating in an NPR's “Next Gen Radio” training as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno.In her spare time, Hernandez enjoys cuddling with her two poodles, sipping margaritas and spending time with her husband.