K-State meets nationwide ‘COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge’

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According to a special edition of K-State Today on Wednesday, Lafene Health Center officials estimate at least 72 percent of Kansas State students, faculty and staff have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kyle Goerl, Lafene Health Center’s medical director, said reaching the vaccine milestone is a step in the right direction, but there is still work to do.

“Now is not the time to let down our guard,” Goerl said in the special edition of K-State Today. “We must continue to be cautious, to practice health and safety measures, and to look out for our fellow K-Staters.”

K-State reported more than 16,100 students, faculty and staff have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday, based on self-reporting and tracking by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The university is asking anyone who has not yet voluntarily uploaded their vaccination card to do so through the myLafene+ online patient portal.

Nationally, more than 700 colleges and universities, including K-State, are participating in the “COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.” The nationwide challenge is a push to get vaccination rates for at least one dose to 70 percent by the time students, faculty and staff return to campuses across the country for the fall semester.

The 70 percent mark was also President Biden’s goal for all American adults to have at least one shot by Independence Day. According to CDC data, the country fell several million doses short of that target.