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126 Dakota County, NE residents receive COVID-19 vaccine

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DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - Dakota County, Nebraska has taken another step forward in its vaccination plan with more than a hundred residents receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

"We need to do it to get past all of this," said Steven Jensen, Dakota County resident.

The Dakota County Health Department held a COVID-19 vaccine drive-through for those 65 and older at the Dakota City Fire Department.

"We hope today runs just as good as it did last time, this time will be a little bit bigger than last time, double the size in fact, so we are looking forward to getting a lot of people immunized," said Natasha Ritchison, director of the Dakota County Health Department.

The process is a bit lengthy, but easy, and you can do it all without having to step out of your car.

"We do a review where we get their demographics and look for any adverse reasons of why we wouldn't give them the vaccine, and then we have a nurse look over that to see if they are good to go, then we enter some stuff into the computer system… stuff to make sure everybody's information is in our state-wide database, then the nurse will review that and give them their immunization," said Ritchison.

Each individual waited 15 minutes to ensure they don't have any adverse reactions to the vaccine.

Dakota County resident Steven Jensen isn't eligible to get the vaccine yet but was there to witness his wife receive it.

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can get mine pretty soon," said Jensen. "You hear stories of people not willing to, I just wish everyone would".

Jensen said he will be back for his vaccine as soon as he is eligible.

A total of 126 individuals were vaccinated. The director of the Dakota County Health Department said they are moving as fast as their allocations allow. She said they hope to eventually hold the drive-throughs weekly.

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