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Mass vaccine clinic fills spots after drop to age 50

Douglas, Sarpy/Cass clinic opens Sunday morning in La Vista.
Published: Mar. 27, 2021 at 6:33 PM CDT
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LA VISTA, Neb. (WOWT) - Health departments in Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties will partner again for a mass vaccination clinic in La Vista.

Hundreds of people signed up to get the shot Sunday, but a lot of appointments are going unclaimed. Douglas County Health says it’s important to keep vaccinated populations as local case counts plateau.

“With this type of clinic, we can get thousands of people vaccinated in one day,” Health department spokesperson Phil Rooney said. “It’s really important to get as many people vaccinated as we can.”

County residents 55 and older were able to sign up as early as Thursday. A shipment of federally allocated Pfizer doses allowed the clinic to lower the age to 50 and up. Sign-ups closed at noon Saturday.

But man clinics stretching from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. went unclaimed.

Douglas county’s covid-19 dashboard shows the rates residents get vaccinated by age. Only 24 percent of people ages 65-70 have been administered.

Even though appointments are going unclaimed, the clinic won’t throw away unused doses. Vials are only prepared for the number of people who signed up online.

At the first Douglas County and Sarpy/Cass Health mass clinic partnership last week, about 2,500 were vaccinated. The goal was 5,000.

“We’re doing everything we can to reach population groups, but people don’t live just within a county,” Rooney said. “People travel, cross state lines, and cross county lines. So that’s why we have to encourage everyone everywhere to get vaccinated.”

Appointments start at 9 o’clock Sunday morning and runs through 5 p.m.

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