A Dose of Hope

A Dose of Hope

Snow falls steadily outside Creighton’s Rasmussen Fitness and Sports Center. Inside, there is great anticipation, a warmth. Among the mask-wearing, socially distanced crowd on the field turf there is an invigorating, palpable sense of hope.

“This is going to help us, of course — we haven’t seen our children in almost a year — but it’s going to help everybody,” said 75-year-old Anne Cognard of Omaha. “The pandemic reminds us how precious and how difficult life can be.”

Cognard was one of more than 1,400 visitors to the clinic on its opening day Feb. 6. The clinic has operated almost every Saturday since, with hundreds of Creighton students, faculty and staff volunteering — providing nearly 30,000 doses of vaccine in the first two months.

“A lot of people are in here getting their shots so they can see their new grandbabies or go travel,” said Rachel Whipple, an accelerated nursing student who volunteered as an inoculator. “It’s really uplifting.”

“I just can’t tell you how inspired I am to see this happening,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. “It’s such a traumatic time in our lives. For Creighton to step up and embrace this moment and bring the community in, this is really special.”