Hundreds of newly eligible teenagers get vaccinated at Rasmussen Center
Creighton passes 30,000 inoculations
Gov. Pete Ricketts expanded vaccinations to people 16 or 18 and older across the state. A Douglas County Health Department spokesperson says vaccinating the newly eligible teenage population is a key to stop the spread of COVID-19. Its partnership clinic with Creighton drew a line of college and high school students.
“I know some people here,” Westside High School student Parker Harrell said. “I’ve seen people from school here.”
Parker got her vaccination accompanied by her mother, Dee Harrell, who’s required to be with her daughter like any parent whose child age 19 or younger wants to be vaccinated in the state.
For Parker, the end of remote learning can’t come soon enough.
“It’s stressful,” Parker said. “There’s a lot of work because you have to teach yourself basically everything.”
Vaccine eligibility for Nebraskans ages 16-or-18 and older comes in the nick of time for her. Practices start for her track and field season. Even though it’s an outdoor sport, she made the decision to learn remote.
Her mom knows it’s weighed on her daughter.
“We have some high risk in our family, so she just decided that would be the best thing, which is a huge sacrifice when all her friends are going back,” Dee said.
Creighton’s clinic staff says more than 300 vaccination consent forms for minors were signed Saturday.
“We’ve seen a lot of young people, it’s great to see them be a part of this experience,” Rev. Daniel Hendrickson said. “I’ve been able to ask them about their studies and how the semester is going as we’ve been in our protocol situation.”
Creighton says it has administered more than 30,000 doses since its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
For Parker, her first dose is a step closer to returning to her version of normal.
“I miss everyone, so i’m just excited to see everyone again,” she said.
The Douglas County Health Department is partnering with more members of the community. Next week, Salem Baptist Church will host a clinic for people ages 16 and older:
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