First COVID vaccine drive-thru opens in Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The first state-run drive-thru vaccination clinic started Thursday in North Omaha, to better serve a community that has felt neglected during the pandemic.
“I think it’s easy for people to just drive up…not have to worry getting out of their car, whatever’s easiest to get people vaccinated,” said Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services incident commander Angie Ling.
Similar to how drive-thru COVID testing works, vehicles pull up to staff and get vaccinated and then wait in the parking lot for fifteen minutes to check for reactions. People getting the vaccine never have to leave their cars.
The clinic will do vaccinations twice a week and runs tests the other days.
“I think it’s a nice thing. I mean, you’re not around people…I guess and so you’re safe,” said Brian Sweet as he waited for his vaccination in his vehicle.
Ling said individuals showed up hours before their appointments Thursday morning and wanted to remind individuals to come at their designated times to avoid a backlog.
State health officials say they could see most Test Nebraska sites turning over into vaccination sites and the drive-thru method could become the norm in a few weeks.