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Methodist in the Media

With Help From Nebraska Methodist College Students, 71 Open Door Mission Staff and Residents Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Published: Feb. 4, 2021

Open Door Mission CEO Candace Gregory felt a surge of relief as front-line staff members and shelter residents lined up Wednesday, Feb. 3,  for COVID-19 vaccinations. 

"I am extremely, extremely relieved to see many of our medically fragile residents 65 and over get the vaccinations," Gregory said. "It's a double blessing because our staff is getting some stability, and our residents can see that vaccinations are safe."

A total of 71 people were vaccinated, about evenly split between staff and residents age 65 or older with underlying health conditions. Students from the Nebraska Methodist College Center for Community Engagement, in partnership with Douglas County Health Department and overseen by instructors, administered the vaccines. Nebraska Methodist College also brought its Mobile Diabetic Unit to the campus at 2705 N. 20th St. for health screenings. 

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