The University contributes with premises and nurses to mass vaccination efforts

2021-02-12 

Some 20 employees at the University of Gävle will help with the mass vaccinations against COVID-19. The University is also making its large sports hall on campus available for the vaccination effort.

Vaccin och Idun.

Photo: TT and Anna Sällberg

Since the University of Gävle offers both Nursing and Specialist Nursing programmes, many of the researchers and teachers working here are basically trained nurses. During the planning of the mass vaccinations, the University has been asked by Region Gävleborg if we have people who can help administer the vaccine.

– There are about 20 of us employees who have expressed an interest in helping in the mass vaccination. I myself have signed up and been employed on an hourly basis by the Region. It feels good that the University can contribute, because we all want to get rid of this virus, says Tina Nordström, Deputy Head of the University’s Department of Caring Sciences and a registered nurse.

Tina Nordström.

Tina Nordström. Photo: Anna Sällberg

In the run-up to the mass vaccinations, the University has signed an agreement with Region Gävleborg to use the Idun sports hall on campus.

– I’m pleased that the University of Gävle can help and contribute to our efforts to overcome the ongoing pandemic. It feels meaningful that we can offer the use of one of our premises and that we have employees who can assist with administering the vaccine, says Ylva Fältholm, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gävle.

Ylva Fältholm, Luleå, December, 2020.

Ylva Fältholm. Photo: Tomas Bergman

The people who are to be vaccinated will be able to make an appointment via the website 1177.se or via Region Gävleborg’s telephone support.

– The same rules regarding distances that apply everywhere else will of course apply there too, so there will be about 20 vaccination stations in the premises, says Tina Nordström.

The nurses that the University is contributing will become hourly employees of the Region for the rest of the year, and they themselves can determine how many hours they wish to work for the Region, depending on their other tasks. Vaccination will primarily take place on evenings and weekends.

– There’s no minimum or maximum working time, but they’re happy for everything we can offer, says Tina Nordström.

In total, approximately 30 minutes will be set aside for each person to be vaccinated; 15 minutes to administer the dose and 15 minutes subsequent observation to ensure that there is no unexpected reaction to the vaccine.

Text: Anna Sällberg

Published by: Anna Sällberg Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2021-02-12
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