Smaller vaccination clinics focus on minority groups

About 130 residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday at the Asian Community and Cultural Center in Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Tuesday marked the first of the smaller vaccination clinics the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is now holding to ensure every resident, no matter what race or ethnicity, gets the shot if they choose.

“The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is holding smaller clinics for residents who are both served by our cultural community centers and are currently eligible for the vaccine,” Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said.

About 130 residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday at the Asian Community and Cultural Center in Lincoln. Officials working the clinic said there was a lot of excitement in the air.

“Today, they got the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and they were excited,” Thuy Ngoc Ho, who helped with the clinic said. “They said ‘thank you so much for helping us get one’ and giving them a chance to get their vaccine.”

Another small scale clinic will be held on March 29th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American congregations in the city. It will help get shots in the arms of Black Community members, who are currently eligible. A community that has been hit hard during the pandemic.

“We are so appreciative to serve not just the city of Lincoln in general, but the African diaspora communities of Lincoln in particular,” Tremaine Combs, the Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church said.

People of all different races, religions and backgrounds are showing their support for the vaccine and are grateful to local health officials who are making them a priority.

“So I went and got vaccinated. I was really, really excited and showed that to my family back home and my clients,” Zainab Al-Baaj, with the Good Neighbor Community Center said. “Now, I’m encouraging all of my clients that come to the Neighboring Community Center, all of the Middle Eastern people, to come and be vaccinated.”

Additional small vaccination clinics will be held in the coming weeks for Lancaster County’s Hispanic and Latino residents, who are eligible for the shot. Officials have said the response so far has been amazing.

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