President Thayne McCulloh announced that Gonzaga University would act as a vaccination site for Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS) patients via email today. 

The vaccinations will take place in the Field House in the Martin Centre starting today through March 2. The vaccine distribution center will be open to CHAS patients for appointments only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with set up beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day.

We are pleased to share news of an important and timely opportunity for our University to serve the people of Spokane during this global pandemic, and live out our mission of being people for and with others who are committed to social justice and service for the common good,” reads the email sent from McCulloh.

CHAS Health is a nonprofit that was chosen to receive a quantity of COVID-19 vaccines to distribute to the Inland Northwest for their patients. CHAS reached out to GU to use their facilities because their locations could not manage the amount of vaccines they were allotted. 

As indicated in previous communications, Gonzaga has applied through the State to become a point of distribution (POD) for the COVID-19 vaccine,” McCulloh said. “In light of the work already done in support of the POD proposal, we have accepted the opportunity to support CHAS Health.”

McCulloh warned that students on campus can expect an increase in traffic on Trent, Cincinnati and Hamilton while CHAS runs their vaccination site out at GU. He also encouraged students not to park at the MAC or Law School, but instead use the BARC, as ticketing will be suspended during this time period. 

“Swift and efficient delivery of vaccinations is a key component of driving infection rates downward, and preventing more precious lives from being lost,” said McCulloh. “Thank you for your support, cooperation, and understanding in doing our part to help the people who need it most.”

Hannah Hislop is a news editor. Follow her on Twitter: @hannahvhislop.

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