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University of Arkansas holds COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Razorback Stadium

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Razorbacks fans usually walk through the gates at the football field to watch a game, but on Saturday, University of Arkansas educators, staff and graduate students headed into the stadium to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Collier Drug Store helped vaccinate the people and some U of A nursing students, like Jasmine Yackel, also got a chance to get real world experience.

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"It is hard to do the online clinics. You get the applied knowledge and the critical thinking, but you don't get that patient interactions. It's really nice to communicate with everyone and finally get to talk and see everyone again," Yackel said.

U of A spokesperson John Thomas said the university hoped to vaccinate about 1,000 people on Saturday.

"They're doing it by age. They are prioritizing it that way. We are starting with our older age group of our employees and then working our way down as they have spots available. That's how they're going to be doing this for the foreseeable future as we have more of these clinics," Thomas said.

Nursing student Drew Ezell said Saturday's clinic brought the community one step closer to getting back to normal.

"A lot of people, once they've gotten the vaccine, they've been emotional and have had tears of joy. I've heard stories of people getting it for their loved ones so they can finally hug them again. I look forward to the day when we can take our masks off and hug everyone. It's going to be a great day," Ezell said.

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