DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Millikin nursing students get firsthand experience by helping the Macon County Health Department administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Since rollout, nursing students as Millikin University have helped the county health department administered vaccines at different vaccination sites. Professor Julie Auton said her students have had the privilege of vaccinating thousands of people.

"We are making history, I'm not sure they really understand the impact they are making, but several years from now I hope they can look back on this and see the difference they have made," she said.

Senior nursing student Rudy Mathieson said the vaccine clinics gave him and his peers a great opportunity to get real life experience.

"It's pretty neat because we went into this semester not really giving too many injections, so it's great practice and also a great way to give to the community," Mathieson said. 

On Tuesday, the students helped with their final vaccine clinic on campus. Auton said it was a great way to wrap up the semester.

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