Local pharmacy distributes round two of COVID-19 vaccines for Operation Warp Speed

The Gretna pharmacy was one of just nine pharmacies chosen by President Trump's administration to help give vaccines to local facilities.

GRETNA, Neb. (KLKN) – Nine pharmacies across the country were pegged by the Trump Administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ to help with vaccine distribution to long-term care facilities, and Community Pharmacy in Gretna was one of them.

Three weeks ago, the pharmacy began receiving the first shipments directly from Pfizer-BioNTech to begin delivering and distributing to facilities across Nebraska and Iowa.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to do this, you know, we feel it’s our obligation to do whatever we can to put this behind all of us,” says Kyle Janssen, owner of Community Pharmacy.

In round one, the pharmacy vaccinated close to 14,200 staff and residents of long-term care facilities and expect to administer another 17,000 in round two (this includes both first and second rounds of shots).

“It’s called operation warp speed for a reason, not just because the speed of which the vaccine was developed, or the speed at which it’s distributed you know also the speed of which the decisions are being made,” Janssen says. 

The pharmacy was so efficient in their delivery of doses that they were able to provide the shots to an extra 30 facilities that weren’t originally on their list. The 20% of extra vaccine in each vile was also a contributing factor, Janssen says. 

“We spent a lot of time vetting our process making sure we could go as fast as humanly possible so, you know, we felt confident in our game plan and when it was time to execute it. We’ve had to make a couple of minor adjustments, tweaks to our process but I think our team has gone above and beyond and have done a fantastic job so far, so, I’m really proud of them.”

Janssen says the long days and extra hours of work have all been worth it so they can help Nebraska get one step closer to normal.

“We’ve been calling this ‘Project Hug’ since the beginning cause we want to do everything we can for those living in long term care hug those that they love, so we’ve been motivated by that from the beginning,” he says.

Teams from the pharmacy will be heading out to locations in Nebraska and Iowa Monday through Thursday for the next two weeks to make the deliveries to more than 165 locations in the area.

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