Finlandia University’s entire men’s hockey team receives COVID vaccine
HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – The entire Finlandia University men’s hockey team received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday afternoon.
“They said, you know what? We want to be leaders, ”said Shannon Richter, Director of Operations at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGLFHC). “We want to show the college age community that getting the vaccine is a good thing and that it is nothing to worry about.”
With hockey being such a close contact sport, it would be almost impossible to play with social distancing. This is why vaccination is crucial for the future of players.
Before all 28 players were vaccinated at the UGLFHC in Hancock, the season looked uncertain.
“It was if a guy had COVID on our team,” said hockey player Finlandia Cameron Connover. “The whole team stopped and we couldn’t train for a while.
Since the UGLFHC is Finland’s health center, it was easy to get to.
“I have had family who have been affected by COVID,” Connover said. “I just think it’s a step in the right direction.”
For the future, the clinic is going beyond the Keweenaw.
“We have international players who have to go home,” Connover added. “Being vaccinated for them makes travel much easier.”
As such clinics continue, UGLFHC urges people aged 16 and over to make an appointment for vaccination.
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