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SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter receives the first dose of the Moderna vaccine during a vaccination clinic on the Alton campus.

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter is the first individual to have received the COVID-19 vaccination on campus.

Rotter exemplified his leadership receiving an initial dose of the Moderna vaccine Jan. 12 on the Alton campus during the university’s first coordinated vaccination clinic, hosted in partnership with the Madison County Health Department. Amanda Pruitt, Madison County health service director and operations chief of vaccine administration, helped lead the clinic.

“As healthcare providers, it is incumbent on us to take the necessary precautions to protect the patients we serve as well as each other,” Rotter said.

During the clinic, dentists, hygienists and clinical dental students on the Alton campus received the vaccine. According to SIUE Health Service Director Riane Greenwalt, participating individuals will receive the second and final dose in four weeks.

Greenwalt notes the university’s vaccine distribution clinic aligned with Phase 1A as identified by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Phase 1A includes healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities.

Greenwalt emphasizes that receiving the vaccine, in addition to regularly practicing the 3Ws (wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance), will protect against the coronavirus and ensure the health and well-being of all individuals.

For more information on SIUE’s COVID testing processes and vaccination distribution, visit

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