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Briar Cliff University offers help with vaccine rollout

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Administrators with Briar Cliff University in Sioux City said they're offering their help in administering the vaccine, if needed.

Briar Cliff President Dr. Rachelle Karstens said when they heard about the roll-out of vaccines for Phase 1B, they wanted to help.

Karstens said she and the University Provost met with leaders from the Siouxland District Health Department to discuss the possibility. She said the health director gave them the anticipated plan, but for now, they're unable to utilize the university.

"It's my understanding that the vaccines are considered a federal asset and they are not a state asset or county asset, so there are protocols that go along with that vaccine. But if there comes a time where we can help, absolutely they are open to us helping," said Dr. Karstens.

Dr. Karstens said they have students and faculty in clinical care programs who could be available to help administer the vaccine, if ever needed.

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