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1,400 Douglas County residents attend COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Creighton

COVID-19 vaccination clinicAbout 1,400 people age 75 and older braved the cold and snow Saturday to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the opening of the community vaccination clinic at Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center.

More than 200 Creighton students, faculty and staff assisted with the clinic, from salting walkways to providing shuttle service, greeting attendees at the door, and preparing and administering the vaccine.

The clinic opened at 9 a.m. and continued through 5 p.m. Vaccinations were by appointment only, through the Douglas County Health Department. No walk-ins were accepted.

Creighton University President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, toured theFr. Hendrickson Vaccine Clinic bustling facility around 10 a.m. – thanking student, faculty and staff workers. He said the event aligned with Creighton’s longstanding commitment to serve the community, and provided an important learning opportunity for students.

“Given the gravity of this pandemic, and its longevity, I was so immediately inspired seeing so many members of our local community seeking these services, and doing so in near blizzard conditions,” Fr. Hendrickson said. He was also moved by the University’s participation. “We are always so impressed with our service-orientated, clinic-ready, leader-ready students, but witnessing this momentous undertaking by faculty, staff, and students from all corners of Creighton, in response to a global crisis, was something to behold.”

About 120 health sciences students from nursing, pharmacy, EMS, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy and physical therapy volunteered at the clinic, splitting into morning and afternoon shifts. Under the supervision of health sciences faculty, pharmacy students prepared the vaccines and joined nursing and EMS students in administering the doses.

Health sciences students also worked patient consent and registration tables and the post-vaccine recovery and observation area, where they took appointments for a second dose of the vaccine. Non-clinical student volunteers, who helped greet the patients outside and assisted those in wheelchairs within the facility, included students from the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, the Freshman Leadership Program, Cortina Community, the Division of Student Life and other campus groups.

“This type of event really provides students an opportunity to use the gifts and talents they have – personally and through their professional education – to give back to the community,” said Julie Manz, PhD, BSN’98, MS’05, associate professor and assistant dean in the College of Nursing, who helped organize the clinic and the health sciences student volunteers. “That’s what our mission is about: Using what God gives us to serve others.”

The clinic was featured on KETV and WOWT newscasts.

Creighton will continue to host COVID-19 community vaccination clinics at the Rasmussen Center on Saturdays until further notice.

The Douglas County Health Department is currently accepting appointments for Douglas County residents 75 years of age and older. Appointments can be made through the Douglas County Health Departments COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Site or by calling the health department’s information line at 402-444-3400. Please note that registration is not through Creighton.

Learn more about the Creighton clinic.

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