1,200 frontline responders receive COVID-19 vaccinations Dec. 31 in Yukon

Line forms outside Yukon Community Center

A long line of heathcare workers and first responders formed outside the Yukon Community Center Thursday, Dec. 31 for COVID-19 vaccines.

A long line formed Dec. 31, 2020 outside the Yukon Community Center as healthcare workers waited for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Canadian County Health Department hosted the day-long event, said spokeswoman Maggie Jackson.

People waited in the cold weather for their first vaccine.

The vaccines were for first responders and healthcare workers.

Desiree Morales with Canadian Valley Pediatrics prepares to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo provided)

Joyce Harris of Yukon, a healthcare worker waited in the line outside the community center.

Jennifer McCray, a physical therapist in Yukon, waited for the vaccine.

Some 1,200 front-line responders received the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 31 at the Yukon Community Center.

“It is exciting that we are able to wait in this cold line for the vaccine. Hopefully, it is a step in the right direction,” McCray said.

She said she was prepared to stay, “as long it takes,” to get the vaccine.

CCHD’s Jackson made a detailed presentation about the COVID-19 response at the Jan. 5th Yukon City Council meeting.

Jackson recommended people continue to wear facemasks and practice social distancing in public even after receiving the vaccine until herd immunity is achieved.

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