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Pottawattamie County holds first vaccine clinic for those 65 and older

All spots filled within 24 hours
Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 19:55:22-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (KMTV)  — On Friday, the Mid-America Center was a bustling place filled with a multitude of emotions.

"We haven't been able to see the games of our grandchildren and get together with our friends, it's almost like losing a year," said resident, Terry Richardson.

There are 3,300 vaccine clinic appointments happening over the next three Fridays. They filled up within 24 hours even though the County was experiencing web difficulties.

"We were expecting 30,000 people potentially signing up, what we wound up with was 90,000 people signing up at one time," said Matt Wyant, Director of Planning and Development for the county.

Iowans said isolation is taking a toll and they're already making plans for the future.

While the vaccine is providing a bright spot during a tumultuous time, resident Opal Trede said this pandemic has shifted the way she views life.

"I don't think us older ones are ever going to see our normal again, it's going to be a different norm and we will adjust to that," Trede said.

As the world keeps making sacrifices to keep each other safe, Trede promises to enjoy life's simple pleasures.

"Being able to go to the grocery store or go somewhere with friends and not be afraid that I was going to give it to someone or someone was going to give it to us," Trede said.

Pottawattamie County is hoping to get more vaccines for more clinics in March.