GIPS hosts vaccine clinic for students 12 and older

Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 7:32 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As COVID-19 variants sweep the nation and even Central Nebraska, local health departments said the need to get students vaccinated before school starts is crucial.

“You take all the precaution you can and if that’s going to help them be in school, stay in school, help them keep their grandparents and their parents safe and healthy then that’s, you know, that’s what we want and so that’s why its important to do what we can to meet the needs of the community.”

To continue this effort the health department partnered with Grand Island Public Schools and Heartland Health to host a vaccine clinic at Lincoln Elementary on Saturday.

“Together we want to do what’s right for our community and their immunity and making sure they can be, you know, we have a healthy community,” CDHD Senior Community Health Nurse Jonna Mangeot.

They had about 100 doses of Phizer and other vaccines just in case parents wanted to get vaccinated.

“At one point we had a line all the way out,” GIPS Superintendent Dr Tawana Grover said. “We had some kids that maybe the parents were already vaccinated and this was an opportunity for the students but in some cases there were full families where the adults, as well as, students they were also receiving the vaccine.”

This happens to be the first clinic GIPS has done since children 12 years and older could get the vaccine. Their goal is to get students prepared for the upcoming school year.

“We really do see it as a strong mechanism for us to reduce our restrictions as we return in the fall again,” Grover said. “Our goal at this stage is to make sure that our students are healthy that they’re well and they’re safe.”

Along with people getting the vaccine, the district also tackled food insecurity by providing a free lunch and they also got a free t-shirt.

This is just one of many clinics Grand Island Public Schools and the health department plan to host this summer. People interested can receive the vaccine between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • June 26, Walnut Middle School, 1600 N. Custer Ave.
  • July 10, Lincoln Elementary School, 805 Beal Street
  • July 24, Walnut Middle School, 1600 N. Custer Ave.

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