Two Rivers Health Department hosts largest vaccine clinic to date

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 8:04 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 9:07 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Two Rivers Public Health Department had their largest vaccination clinic to date at the Viaero Center in Kearney on Friday, after receiving their first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this week.

It ran from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and their goal was to give up to 800 doses of the vaccine to educators and people 65 or older.

“It’s efficient. We pull a lot of community resources in one location on one day,” said Two Rivers Health Department Director Jeremy Eschliman.

Two Rivers had a majority of slots filled beforehand, with some people signing up last minute to get their shots this morning. They were excited to be able to give this one-stop shop of the vaccine to residents.

“We’re kind of at that point in the pandemic that the vaccines are what we’ve been hoping for, so it’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Eschliman said. “As the summer goes on we’ll get back to normal. I think we all want to get back to normal and that’s what we’re working for right now.”

Some people may be scared to try this new vaccine out but nurses believe there’s nothing worry about.

“These vaccines even if they’re not 100% effective in keeping from getting or spreading COVID, they’re 100% effective in keeping people out of the hospital and keeping people from dying,” Two Rivers Health Department Nurse Susan Puckett.

The health department is currently in phase 1B. They’re real close to finishing the 65 or older population, and they’re also expecting to complete the educators next week. Their next course of action is getting food processing and manufacturing workers vaccinated.

“Being able to get one dose instead of having to come back and get a second dose, super for the people and it’s really good for being able to speed up the process too,” Puckett said. “We’re happy to have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

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