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More than half of GIPS staff receives COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 9:03 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - More than 50% of Grand Island Public School staff are now vaccinated and faculty members are breathing a sigh of relief.

Grand Island Senior High Head Custodian Alan Hayman has seen family members suffer under the mercy of COVID-19.

“You can’t go on and see them,” Hayman said. “At that time if they were to pass on, you really couldn’t go to the funeral at that time either.”

Hayman’s not only seen it but he’s also experienced it.

“At my age I thought that the biggest thing I had the headache, I had the little aches and pains and I lost my taste and my smell for about 3 weeks.”

Luckily he no longer has to worry about getting it again, because on Friday he finally received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It was good,” Hayman said. “I had a sore arm with where they gave me the shot for a few days but no other reaction.”

Hayman along with 458 other Grand Island Public School employees’ received the vaccine, with 182 of them getting their second dose.

“I think it gives them the confidence to be able to come into the classroom with our students and just know there is a level of safety that maybe they didn’t have before that,” GISH Assistant Principal Calvin Hubbard said.

At first Hayman was reluctant to get the vaccine, but after seeing first-hand what the virus can do people’s health he realized, “It’s real and everyone needs to be vaccinated.”

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