Concert requirements bring people out to MATC COVID-19 vaccine clinic

NOW: Concert requirements bring people out to MATC COVID-19 vaccine clinic

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) hosted a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Those looking to get vaccinated against COVID showed up at the plaza outside the Student Center on 700 W. State Street.

Fifty people were scheduled to come in and get their vaccine and walk-ins were also welcome.

CBS 58 talked to people who decided to get their shot at MATC. The Maroon 5 concert is what brought out Katie Grenz.

"In order to go to the Summerfest Grounds you need to have a vaccination card to use your tickets," said Grenz.

Whatever the reason people wait to get the vaccine, health officials with MATC hope this clinic helps.

"We wanted to make sure that we brought the vaccine clinic on campus so it's accessible to everyone as they come down to register for classes," said Josie Veal, MATC’s public health officer.

Classes start for MATC students in just one week, and college-aged adults make up one of the smallest percentages of vaccinated groups. 

Only 42.1 percent of people between the age of 18 and 24 are fully vaccinated. 

"A lot of students here, they may be 18, 19, 20," said Kyle Beyer, the owner of North Shore Pharmacy. "They've never had to go to a clinic, they've never had to go to a pharmacy, that can be an intimidating experience." 

Beyer was the one administering shots at MATC Tuesday. 

"A lot of them are doing it because they finally had some family or friends talk them into it. A lot of them are doing it because school is starting and they know it's the right thing to do, and we're glad they are," said Beyer. 

Free vouchers were given out for the parking structure at North 8th and West State Streets, snacks and wellness kits were offered.

MATC plans to hold a vaccine clinic every three weeks. 

Register by CLICKING HERE. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, call 414-297-8095. 

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