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Collin College changes its COVID tone, offers free shots

Large institution using its influence for good

Collin College will start offering free booster shots to its staff, students and community members next week. That’s good news because it’s the kind of mobilization we have called for from public institutions. The more vaccine outlets, the better, as far as we’re concerned.

It’s also good news because it seems to indicate that the college is taking the pandemic seriously. That has been in doubt. In 2020, Collin College President Neil Matkin was criticized for saying that the still-young pandemic had been “blown utterly out of proportion.” Even after a member of the Collin College faculty died from COVID-19, the school seemed reluctant to broadly embrace public health measures.

Collin College is a significant institution serving more than 58,000 students, according to its website. It has an important voice in North Texas and it’s critical that the administration steward that influence responsibly.

The shots will be offered on the Frisco campus Jan. 21, the Plano campus Feb. 9, and the McKinney campus March 18. Appointments are required. For more information or to register, Collin County residents can visit www.collin.edu/covid19/vaccinationsignup.html.

About 69% of Collin County’s eligible population has been vaccinated with the initial series of doses, according to data from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. That’s a good start. That stat could improve if more community partners follow Collin College’s lead.

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