Brazil – "Dom Bosco" Catholic University reaches milestone of 100,000 vaccine doses administered

06 December 2021

(ANS - Campo Grande) - Last June the Catholic University "Dom Bosco" (UCDB) of Campo Grande accepted the challenge of hosting a "drive-in" vaccination center on its campus - the first and only one in the city’s northern region. In just five months of operation, this center has administered 100,000 doses of vaccines against Covid-19, in a service that has resulted in a sharp decline in the transmission of the virus, hospitalizations, and deaths from the disease.

All this success was possible because hundreds of people worked with great commitment and without fear to make the UCDB "drive-in" system work. And to thank all of them and celebrate the milestone of 100 thousand doses, today, Monday 6 December, at 8:30 local time, some gift pins will be awarded to the volunteers.

“Today I want to say thank you: to our students, teachers and administrative staff who have given everything to vaccinate the population and help us overcome this pandemic, which has claimed so many victims. There is no doubt that the UCDB academic community has made a difference and helped save many lives,” says UCDB Dean, Fr José Marinoni.

The UCDB "drive-in" vaccination center was opened on 24 June in collaboration with the Municipality of Campo Grande through the Municipal Secretariat of Health. An entire infrastructure was organized to transform the covered courtyards into a place to receive vehicles safely, so that the teams could work with comfort and agility, and an exclusive access path to the site was made possible, without disturbing the flow of people circulating daily through the campus. Eight stations were initially built, which had already risen to 15 in July, to meet the high demand of the local population and reduce the lines of cars, up to three kilometers long, that were forming.

Finally, the UCDB also opened a vaccination room suitable for those who reached the campus on foot. In this way, the campus has become the preferred vaccination center for thousands of people, who have expressed in many ways, in person and on social networks, their thanks for the service rendered by the Salesian university.

“My greatest satisfaction is knowing that I am contributing to the immunization of the population, and this gives me the hope that little by little, this pandemic will be over and we will be able to return to normal,” explains Themis Elise de Oliveira Moraes, 20, student of the Nursing course, one of the most assiduous among the volunteers.

Many other students, teaching and administrative staff collaborated with her, especially in the first two months: more than 100 employees collaborated in the management of the site.

“This goal is a milestone that fills us with pride. In a short time, we have seen a huge involvement of our academic community to fulfill this project and we can say, with all certainty, that it has been very successful. We all gain from this experience, and the UCDB fulfills its social role of helping the population, which always embraces us with great affection,” said prof. Cristiano Marcelo Espínola Carvalho, Vice Rector for Research and Postgraduate Studies of the UCDB.


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