York health officials host vaccine clinic cookout to reach rural Nebraskans

The number of COVID vaccinations being given out in Nebraska has slowed dramatically. Local health districts are trying to come up with ways to encourage more people to get the shot.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The number of COVID vaccinations being given out in Nebraska has slowed dramatically.

Local health districts are trying to come up with ways to encourage more people to get the shot. Like in York, where they held a family cookout and vaccine clinic.

“We just thought that it would be a nice, relaxed opportunity that people could just walk in get a vaccine, and maybe we could even vaccinate the whole family,” said McDougall, for Four Corners Health Department.

The area’s health director Laura McDougall says reaching out to younger groups is vital now that the department has the Pfizer vaccine and older groups have been vaccinated.

Families did show up, many were parents now getting their children vaccinated. Two sisters share after surviving COVID they were ready for the shots.

“I feel safer I’m still going to wear a mask for a while just because I had COVID,” said Julia and Anaika. ” So it sucked a lot like we both had COVID. It was not fun and it sucks when I hear people talking about it like a joke.”

Health officials brought over 100 shots, including Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson, to the park.

McDougall hopes the area and timing will lead to open conversations about the vaccines.

“People who are really interested in getting the vaccine, a lot of them have been able to do that,” said McDougall. “We’re really looking to have that conversation with people to if they have questions about getting vaccinated, we are here to answer them.”

McDougall says they plan to do more events throughout the summer and in each county of their health district.

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