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Scotts Bluff County health officials preparing to administer vaccines in Phase 2A

Phase 2A includes age groups 50 and up
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 8:18 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - With Governor Pete Ricketts announcing Monday that Phase 2A would commence with vaccine rollout this week Scotts Bluff County health are working hard to make that happen.

Scotts Bluff County Health Director Paulette Schnell said throughout the process vaccination is running according to plan.

“You know they are! Our biggest concern is making sure that we’re getting everybody who wants the vaccine and I think that sometimes people realize that their turn is already here,” said Schnell. “We are really needing people to sign up there is the Nebraska or the vaccinatene.gov that we really need people to go on and put their name in. I think that there is a lot of those people that are 50 plus that don’t realize it’s here and now we have the chance to get the vaccine to them.”

Schnell said administering the vaccine is well worth it for the health workers.

“It has been very demanding but it has been one of the best things that we can do to fight this virus,” said Schnell. “It’s such a relief to be able to do something positive instead of on the other end when we’ve had to call people and talk to them about staying home for ten days or more or quarantining. This is something that we can do that we know that can make a difference and help us get back to normal.”

As vaccine becomes more available Schnell hopes in a few months the general public can access it.

“From what we have been told that vaccine will be coming out and be coming out in a steady flow,” said Schnell. “Our hopes will be that as you’ll see clinics set forth in May that we’ll be hitting those general public it may be a slow and steady process but that it will be available.”

“I think that it will be really determined by the uptick of the vaccine,” said Schnell. “This is a real game changer for us we’ve already seen it long term care and our elderly the decrease in the amount of cases in our long term care where we were seeing a lot of outbreaks and deaths has changed dramatically. I think we will see that in our general population.”

Schnell said a vaccine clinic will take place at the Street Department in Gering on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. and on Friday from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

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