Auburn, AL (EETV)- Auburn University recieved 3,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday to begin their first phase of vaccination on campus.

“This is tremendous news for our university campus as we are now able to begin our first phase of inoculating first responders on campus and those who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work remotely,” said Dr. Fred Kam, director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic. “As we await additional batches of the vaccine to be released by the Alabama Department of Public Health, we are quickly making good use of the vaccine we now have and are committed to making it available on a wider scale as quickly as possible.”

The university began distibuting the vaccine to the frontline healthcare workers. Officials have developed a vaccination program with three phases based on the highest risk levels and the current guidance of the CDC.

More doses of the Moderna vaccine will be shipped at a future date which is still to be determined.

“The goal here is not to hold on to any doses,” Dr. Kam said. “The goal is to give up every dose that we can as quickly as we can.”

You can find out more about the Moderna vaccine by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html