Douglas County minority groups continue to fall behind with COVID vaccines

(Douglas County, NE) -- Minority populations in Douglas County continue to fall behind on receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says a clinic in South Omaha will help address the slow vaccine administration in the Hispanic community. “We’re opening our long-term vaccination clinic at 35th & L Streets. That is going to be a steady clinic there."

Hispanic people make up about 13% of Douglas County’s population, yet have only received about 6% of the first shots of the vaccine. “A lot of outreach to the Hispanic population, and right now really focusing on the clinic on 35th and L Streets because that’s really kind of in the heart and where people work,” said Dr. Pour.

The numbers are similar among Omaha's Black population. Dr. Pour said the county is setting up a drive-through vaccination site at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus to make vaccines more accessible for those in North Omaha. The department is also looking to set up a similar vaccination site at the MCC campus in South Omaha.

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