Contact: Sue Bodilly, 920-465-5502, [email protected]

GREEN BAY — Announced this week, vaccination efforts across the state will get a boost thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and a partnership with the UW-Madison School of Nursing and four UW System nursing schools—UW-Green Bay’s among them.

“It’s a time for ‘all hands-on deck’ to get Wisconsin residents vaccinated and UW-Green Bay Nursing is excited to partner with local healthcare providers to educate and vaccinate in the COVID pandemic,” said Christine Vandenhouten, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Nursing programs. “UW-Green Bay nursing students, including traditional nursing, RN-BSN completion, and MSN students will (and have) assist as vaccinators, with post-vaccination observation and more. This initiative reflects the strong collaboration of UW Nursing Schools to respond to community needs and challenges at a time of great need.”

A Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) news release dated Feb. 9, said “the grant supports the coordination, education and deployment of nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers to provide clinic support and vaccine administration, as well as educational programs on preventing spread and making safe choices during the ongoing pandemic.”

“Administration of the vaccine across our state will require tremendous coordination and effort among many organizations and agencies,” says Richard Moss, PhD, Chair of WPP’s Partnership Research and Education Committee. “We are pleased to partner with the UW-Madison Nursing School and nursing schools throughout the UW System to help address the urgent need of vaccine administration.”

Badger Nurses Collaborating on Covid-19 Vaccine Education and Delivery (BN-CoVED) received a $185,000 COVID-19 Response Grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program as well as supplemental funding of $100,000 from an anonymous donor.

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