CDHD steaming ahead with COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 9:20 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central District Health department is still in phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but they’re edging closer to phase two faster than other parts of the state.

“Phase 1A is where we are now and we’re in the third tier just finishing it up,” CDHD Director Teresa Anderson said. “ We have tiers four and five left, and then we start 1B.”

Metro areas on the other hand seem to be lagging behind rural areas in the distribution of the vaccine. Some of them are still in the early stages of phase one and are still giving shots to healthcare workers.

“Generally what we see is rural areas are further down the line, as far as, getting doses or supplies,” Anderson said. “This time it seems we’re just a little bit ahead of the metro area that will even out over time.”

The health department is distributing the vaccine as quickly as they can. Their goal is to always administer entire shipments within five days.

“Once we open a vile and dip into it, we have to use the whole vile within six hours,” the director said. “That’s causing us to, at the end of the day have three doses left and who can we call to get those doses in someone’s arm. Otherwise we have to dispose of it and we’re not going to do that.”

Kristine Harris is a dentist in Grand Island, and she got her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Monday. She described the whole ordeal as being the easiest shot she’s ever received.

“I didn’t really notice a lot of pinching,” she said. “It was like maybe some pressure in my muscle, but I didn’t really experience any kind of pain or real discomfort.”

The health department mentioned they’ve been getting smaller shipments of the vaccine recently. Just this week, they received only 100 doses, as compared to 1,100 doses they received a couple weeks ago.

“One of the concerns across the whole state is this, “are the shipments coming through per capita or are they coming through based on need,” Anderson said.

They don’t know why this is happening but they expect to see it pick-up real soon. Other than that, the department believes the distribution of the vaccine is going better than expected.

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