Douglas County holds pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:51 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Douglas County Health Department made a major push Wednesday to take the vaccine to the people.

Instead of college parking lots and medical clinics, today’s sites featured a barbershop and a zoo.

Clyde Deshazer has been operating Youngblood’s Barber Shop in North Omaha since 1977. His customers trust him. “I’ve been an icon in the neighborhood for quite awhile,” he said. He was happy to have the DCHD turn his parking lot into a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday.

“I don’t know why people are afraid of a shot,” he said. “To me, maybe they don’t know what’s in it. As long as it does me good, I don’t care what’s in it.”

The convenience of the clinic drew a number of people who live nearby to cross the street and get vaccinated. Kimberly and Lawrence Hill were two of them.

“We know several people who have passed from COVID,” Karen Hill said. “We just want to be safe.”

Meanwhile, in south Omaha, the county teamed up with the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Children’s Hospital with a vaccination clinic aimed at young people.

“We’ve realized we’ve had our setup in brick-and-mortar shops, and it’s slowing down,” said Lea Casanave, of CDHD. “So we’re reaching out to those who may not have access. We want to make sure we are there and available to them.”

Before checking out the animals, some people stopped to get vaccinated. Willow Barrett, 13, used the trip to the zoo to get her second dose. “It does feel like more freedom,” she said. It’s a shot that she believes will give her more time with her friends this summer.

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