GISH hosts vaccine clinic at Back to School Premier

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 9:34 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Senior High students are excited to get back to school next week. They kicked off the year on Monday with their Back to School Premier. The event also gave students the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

A classroom down the 100 wing was transformed into a Central District Health Department clinic that handed out Pfizer shots to anyone older than 12-years-old.

The health department encourages students to get their vaccines sooner rather than later to ensure a healthy school year.

“Let’s move that vaccine into kids arms, into any remaining school staff who hasn’t been vaccinated knowing it takes a while to be fully vaccinated but it’s never too late to get started on the vaccinations,” CDHD Director Teresa Anderson said.

Anderson said it takes five weeks from your first dose to be fully vaccinated so she encourages students to get it as soon as possible.

“One of our concerns going into next few weeks is that kids are re-entering the school building and are going to be in those close settings,” Anderson said. “Some of those kids aren’t eligible for vaccinations, but we’re really focusing on vaccinating those who are eligible.”

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