Central District Health Department Celebrates One Year Since First COVID-19 Vaccine Administered

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – Just a year ago on Wednesday, a local health department was able to help control the spread of COVID-19. Central District Health Department staff celebrated their first anniversary of administering the vaccine.

In 12 months, they had given out over 56,199 COVID injections, 390,000 masks, over 1.5 million gloves and 620 gallons of hand sanitizer. CDHD Health Director Teresa Anderson recalled the moment they found out they were getting the doses at their clinic.

“When we found out we were going to get vaccinated, we were, I would say, thrilled because we knew we could see the end of the pandemic if we could get enough people vaccinated,” Anderson said. “And that’s been all of our goals this year, is to really push the vaccine into people’s arms — with their permission of course — but to get them vaccinated so we can protect our entire district and every community. within this district.”

As we approach next year, Anderson said they will continue to encourage people to get vaccinated.

“We are looking forward, after the first of the year, hoping to be able to give doses to children from six months to four years old, we will just continue to work as best we can to give these vaccines, knowing that the vaccine is our ticket out of the pandemic,” she said.

Additionally, in January 2022, Anderson went on to say that CDHD plans to unveil a new COVID vaccination campaign that aims to help people better understand the reasons for getting vaccinated and ultimately help things get back to normal. the normal.

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