Governor Thanks Nursing Students

Students Help Give COVID-19 Vaccinations at Fairgrounds


nursing students with governor

De Anza Nursing students have been playing a vital role in Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, administering injections at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San José.

Several students had the opportunity to meet California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, when he stopped by the fairgrounds and thanked them for their contributions.

The students are serving the community and gaining valuable clinical experience, said Catherine Hrycyk, director of the Nursing program.

Nearly 30 students have participated in giving vaccine injections at the fairgrounds, Hryck said. Another 14 are helping administer COVID-19 tests at another location.

“We are so proud of our Nursing students who, like so many other front-line essential workers, are playing a vital role in the fight against this deadly pandemic,” said Anita Muthyala-Kandula, dean of Biological, Health and Environmental Sciences.

“We have a great team of classified professionals and faculty here at De Anza who are continuing to support their on-site education and clinical experience during these difficult times,” Muthyala-Kandula added.

Nursing is one of the De Anza career training programs that have been recognized for helping students make significant financial or career gains, by the chancellor’s office for California Community Colleges. That’s one of the reasons why De Anza is "Tops in Career Training."

Pictured are Chanel Espinoza, Michael Perea, Clementina Lambert, Samantha Monjaraz, Gov. Newsom, Eric Moreno, Chloe Goulding and Lyndon Acosta.

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