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Teachers in Central Nebraska receive COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 7:14 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central District Health Department vaccinated the elderly earlier this week, but on Friday they took it a step further and vaccinated 25% of school staff in Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties.

“It gives up hope and faith that we’re going to get through this,” said Grand Island Senior High Principle Jeff Gilbertson.

The Central District Health Department worked with Grand Island Senior High to set up the clinic in their building last minute. Yesterday they had 400 doses of the Phizer vaccine left over after having held two vaccination clinics for people 90 years or older.

“We’re still working on that elderly population - but because the variant strains of the virus are starting to circulate, we feel it’s really important to get the schools protected so they can remain open until the end of the semester,” CDHD Director Teresa Anderson said.

Teachers and staff came to the west entrance near the gym at the high school to get their shots. They signed paperwork, got the vaccine and self monitored for possible side effects for 15 minutes.

“A lot of people in our building and throughout our district are eager to get vaccinated and get back to work,” GISH Health and P.E. Teacher Joey Morrison said. “It’s piece of mind but also trying to be as safe as we hopefully we get over the pandemic here in the coming months.”

Grand Island Senior High used half of the doses on Friday with nearly 200 staff members getting the vaccine.

“Our target is May 2021,” Gilbertson said. “We’ve been in school. We want to stay in school and this is just another step forward to get to that process.”

The health department plans to use any remaining doses of the vaccine on schools with the intent of keeping them open.

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