Duquesne Students Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in Historic First Week

Within the last week, approximately half a million individuals, mostly health care workers, across the United States have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine-including Duquesne University School of Nursing students.

Levi Collier-Hezel, a senior BSN student and an advanced patient care technician in the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Emergency Department, received the COVID-19 vaccine on December 15, the second day it was available to health care workers after the FDA's approval for emergency use.

"It was an incredible and surreal experience," Collier-Hezel said. "Getting this vaccine gives me hope that we can put an end to this pandemic and stop countless deaths from continuing to occur. I am excited to be an example and inspiration for others to get the vaccine. This also allows myself and health care workers from all scopes of practice to provide safer and better care for patients in the future, along with keeping frontline workers and their families safe."

Megan Bohatch, Second Degree BSN student and patient care associate at Allegheny Valley Hospital, also received her first dose.

"Coming off of a 12-hour shift caring for COVID patients, coming off of these past few weeks with the surge - getting to receive this vaccine feels surreal," Bohatch said. "There is still so much work to do but now it can be done with more hope."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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