Updated at 5:02 p.m. on March 29
Temple administered 4,819 mumps, measles and rubella booster shots during two vaccination clinics hosted by Philadelphia and university officials, according to the city’s Department of Public Health.
More than 1,000 of those shots were administered by noon on Friday,
said Dr. Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, during a press conference. Nearly 2,300 were given out on Wednesday. There are 108 Temple-related mumps cases, as of Friday, he added.
There are no more walk-in clinics currently scheduled, but Farley said it’s “a decision that we could change in the future if we feel it’s necessary.”
“We have recommended anyone who lives in the dorm at Temple or who has had contact with mumps cases be vaccinated but many of those people may choose to have their vaccine at their own physician or in other places,” Farley said.
Employee and Student Health Services will continue to administer free vaccines to students, faculty and staff who need them, wrote Jim Garrow, communications director for the department, in an email to The Temple News.
Mark Denys, the director of Employee and Student Health Services, told The Temple News on Tuesday that there are 19 students living in on-campus residence halls with the mumps. Farley said that the university is delivering food to these students in their dorms rooms, as incubation is recommended once a person starts showing signs of the mumps to spread further contamination.
Farley repeated that Temple will likely see reports of new cases of the mumps through the end of the academic year. University officials first announced the outbreak on Feb. 28.
It’s also unlikely that the outbreak will spread to the surrounding North Philadelphia community, Farley said, but he “can’t guarantee” it.
“We would recommend that anyone’s who’s concerned about this check to see whether they were vaccinated,” Farley said. “The recommendation now is for everyone to have two doses of mumps vaccine. If people have not had two doses of mumps vaccine, they should go to their healthcare provider and get updated on their vaccinations.”
UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect the total number of vaccines administered during this week’s walk-in clinics, and that vaccines are still available for free on Main Campus.