More than 90 GIPS family members, 150 students get vaccinated

Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - More than 90 family members of Grand Island Public Schools students received their dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The school district teamed up with the Central District Health Department to put on two clinics. One was held Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. The other was held Friday from 6 to 8 a.m.

GIPS School Safety Coordinator Lee Jacobsen said since the virus is mutating, it’s important to get vaccinated to help return to normal.

“The main goal here is that we can continue on back to where we were before all this took place,” Jorgensen said.

He said the district is looking at that for summer school and fall classes.

“We would like to get to that point and in order to do that is we need all of Hall County bring itself back to normal, and one of those ways is vaccinations,” he said.

The clinics were put on at those specific times to help get more of the students’ families vaccinated.

Jorgensen said what was noticed at other vaccination clinics was that people couldn’t make it during the day so these two clinics gave more the opportunity to come either before or after work.

With a diverse population at GIPS, interpreters were on hand to help with the language barrier.

Jorgensen said they are good about getting people to come through the door but what can get lost is the communication going out.

That’s why he said it’s important to have the media come to these events to help reach a larger audience. He added that the district does several things to reach as many as possible including social media, personal contact with the teachers and there’s even a “Talk with Dr. Grover” series.

He said they may even look into weekend clinics as they work with the health department.

“We are working hand in hand with them in order to make sure we give every opportunity to our community to get the vaccinations, learn about the virus and be safe and to keep the community safe,” he said.

Following the early morning vaccination clinic, another one was held focusing on students 16 and older. 156 GISH students received their shot.

Vaccination clinics will be held in 21 days so people who received their first dose this week can come back for their second one.

“This is a fantastic turnout and we’re incredibly proud of our students and family members who received the vaccine this week,” said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. “We look forward to providing more vaccination opportunities for our students and GIPS families. It takes all of us to get through this pandemic.”

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