A University of Richmond student athlete tells NBC 12 a campus mumps outbreak is now impacting a school sports team! The state health department is setting up free clinics in an effort to get everyone on campus vaccinated.
"It is kind of strange," said Janie Penney. "The whole thing is just a little bit bizarre."
Penney is a lacrosse player the University of Richmond. She is reacting to a mumps outbreak that has the university setting up free mumps vaccination clinics. Janie says at least two of her teammates have caught the virus.
"We are taking the right steps to make sure we don't spread it," said Penney. "We are separating our waters."
The clinics will be held on the ambulatory level of the Robins Center (enter on the side facing Robins Stadium) on:
•April 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;
•April 18, noon- 8 p.m.; and
•April 19, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
"It is to make sure we are catching students, faculty, day shift, night shift," said health district director Dr. Parham Jaberi.
Many of the students on campus already have the required two doses of the vaccine. Dr. Jaberi says there is a 99 percent compliance rate, but with 25 clinical cases of the virus, he is recommending a third dose of the vaccine.
"This is for anybody and everybody who works, plays, eats at the University of Richmond," said Dr. Jaberi.
Nurses and staff will be on hand to answers questions during the voluntary vaccinations.
"But it is obviously strongly recommended," said Dr. Jaberi.
"I think it's a nice gesture," said Penney. "I think it is what they should have done two weeks ago when it started."
Doctors caution the shots may cause some initial discomfort, but Janie says sign her up.
"We get some bruises in our lacrosse practices and games," said Penney. "A little pinch isn't anything."
The free clinics are not open to public. Each person wishing to be vaccinated must show a valid University of Richmond I.D. card.
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