Several universities throughout the country have recently implemented on-campus wellness vending machines that sell emergency contraception at a discounted price, 24/7.
This month, Stanford University unveiled its first wellness machine on campus. The machine sells a generic form of Plan B One-Step called My Way, as well as other over-the-counter items such as condoms, pregnancy tests, period products and Advil — following in the footsteps of a similar machine implemented at University of California, Davis in April 2017.
Parteek Singh, the UC Davis graduate who spearheaded the implementation of the wellness machine at his university, said he faced some pushback from the administration but encouraged students everywhere to pursue it anyway.
“As a student, your biggest role is to advocate for this resource and make sure it comes on campus,” said Singh. “But then it is the administration's job to take control of how it's going to run and how they're going to implement this."
Like UC Davis and Stanford University, UNC’s Campus Health pharmacies have abbreviated hours on weekends and evenings, making Plan B available to students on campus no later than 6 p.m. on weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays.