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Lafene broadcasts administration charge for COVID-19 Vaccine

Lafene Scholar Well being Middle on September 27, 2018. (Archive picture by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

Lafene Well being Middle continues to supply COVID-19 vaccines for college kids, college and employees at Kansas State College, however now with an administration charge, Shawn Funk, advertising and marketing and communication director for Lafene, mentioned. 

“Starting Monday, Aug. 15, college students needed to pay $23.75 for an administration charge for every dose in the event that they haven’t gotten any they usually nonetheless want it,” Funk mentioned. “Then they’d need to pay that $23.75 for every dose after which in the event that they get a booster that may be one other $23.75 and non-students need to pay $25 for that administration.” 

Funk mentioned the cost isn’t for the vaccine itself, however for the administration charge.  

“We’re not charging for the vaccine.  We’re simply charging an administration charge which is for administering the vaccine, and most locations or a whole lot of locations have already been charging that administrative charge,” Funk mentioned. “We simply weren’t charging that earlier than, and so now we began funds cuts this yr, and so it was simply one thing that was needed for us to proceed to supply it.”  

Bailey Thornton, freshman in animal science, mentioned she helps vaccines at Okay-State, even with the cost, as a result of it helps defend the neighborhood. 

“I don’t suppose it’s a horrible thought to cost for the vaccines since it’s not overpriced,” Thornton mentioned. “Additionally, it’s not a foul thought for individuals who haven’t gotten their vaccine, ought to get it now or quickly since COVID continues to be a menace.”

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Funk mentioned the precise vaccine is free and is supplied by the federal government. 

“Up till now, no person needed to pay for the COVID vaccine [because] it’s supplied by the federal government. However different vaccines are bought by the administration,” Funk mentioned. “Administration suppliers, like docs’ workplaces and pharmacies. That’s the reason there’s a cost for these vaccines, after which an administration charge.”  

Meghan Dillon, senior in psychology, mentioned she is grateful college students can obtain a vaccine on campus.  

“It’s nice that KSU supplied the choice for college kids, college, and employees to get their shot,” Dillon mentioned. “It was very handy.”  

Funk mentioned throughout the pandemic, many individuals registered for his or her COVID-19 vaccine.

“We held some clinics final yr on the Rec Middle and so these could be enormous days as a result of we had provided not solely the vaccine however had all our nurses over and a desk arrange after which we had individuals coming in and scheduling their vaccine pictures,” Funk mentioned. “And we gave loads on these days.”

Isabel Haake, sophomore in parks administration, mentioned she is completely satisfied Lafene gives vaccines as a result of it helps form a greater, more healthy district in Manhattan, Kansas. 

“The Lafene Well being Middle offering the COVID vaccine for all college students could be a good way to make sure the well being and security inside the KSU campus and neighborhood,” Haake mentioned. 

Funk mentioned there’s a decline in sufferers this yr, because of the quantity of sufferers already vaccinated. 

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“The numbers have declined because the starting as a result of as soon as we had these clinics that’s the place we have now the largest numbers after which we’ve nonetheless had just a few which have wished to get the vaccine,”  Funk mentioned.  “However clearly these numbers have declined over time, simply because individuals are already vaccinated.” 

Funk mentioned she is grateful for the Lafene Well being Middle.

“Lafene Well being Middle is helpful for the Okay-State neighborhood due to the distinctive high quality of companies which are provided at Lafene. It’s handy for college kids and for college and employees since it’s situated close to campus,” Funk mentioned. “Moreover vaccines, Lafene gives a full-service pharmacy, bodily remedy, lab, and journey consults.” 

To schedule an appointment for a vaccine, go to myLAFENE+ affected person portal or name 785-523-6544. For extra details about the Lafene COVID-19 vaccine go to the Updates on COVID-19 vaccine alternatives at Lafene Well being Middle web site