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Douglas County adopts small-clinic vaccine strategy

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:54 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Only 11 people turned out at the downtown library for vaccinations Wednesday. But that allowed the Douglas County Health Department to shift resources to another location.

This week, DCHD has focused much of its vaccination energy on schools in the Millard district, and it’s working well.

At Russell Middle School, more than 30 people received shots in the first couple of hours. It got so busy, the Health Department sent extra staff. In all, 72 doses of vaccine were administered at this one school today.

The smaller-clinic strategy, where appointments aren’t necessary, seems to click more often than not.

“I’ve been meaning to get vaccinated,” Gabriella Gonzalez said.

Children’s Hospital partnered with Henry Doorly Zoo again Wednesday afternoon. For some, it’s not about the draw of seeing animals and throwing in a vaccination. It’s simply about location.

“I was looking at other sites, but I live close to this one,” Gonzalez said. “I came here because it was convenient.”

The zoo may get visitors who are coming to see the city’s most popular tourist attraction, but area residents are interested in vaccinations, too.

“My name is Anthony Dildine, and that’s my brother, Andrew Dildine,” one young man said.

The brothers are twins.

“My dad told me a few weeks ago that we were going to do it,” Anthony said. “I just wanted to get it over with.”

Health officials said they believe some of the pre-teens and teens who decide to get shots will become advocates for their friends, and even their families.

“I do have friends I’m trying to let know it’s open,” Anthony said.

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