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Omicron Variant renews a push for vaccines

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is cause for concern, but health care professionals. But many...
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is cause for concern, but health care professionals. But many say this is not the time to panic, instead take steps to protect yourself.(KASEY MINTZ, KSNB)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 9:36 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Omicron Variant of COVID-19 is cause for concern, but health care professionals. But many say this is not the time to panic, instead take steps to protect yourself.

President Biden spoke earlier on Monday saying he will direct drug regulators to fast track vaccines targeting Omicron. However, Teresa Anderson with the Central District Health Department said even before the public gets an Omicron vaccine it’s crucial for people to get the vaccine that’s already available.

“We have a lower vaccination rate than the state, and part of that is people are just waiting to see if the vaccine is going to be effective, or if it has any complications,” Anderson said. “But what we know right now is that the vaccine is effective and that it is safe and that getting vaccinated is definitely a better way to go than not getting vaccinated especially with a new variant on the scene.”

Grand Island Public Schools is not taking the call for the public to get vaccinated. They held their second vaccination clinic in as many weeks Monday morning.

The goal of these clinics is to help school kids and even some parents get their COVID vaccines. Jax Ramirez and his sister were two of those kids that got both vaccines thanks to GIPS. He also has a call to the unvaccinated.

“I would say well they should since if they don’t want to get sick then they should probably get it might hurt but its gonna be better than getting sick,” Jax said.

Jax’s parents says he was eager to get the vaccine after he heard they were approved for kids.

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