CCS graduate instrumental in developing COVID-19 vaccine delivery protocol

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Jasmine Hahn, daughter of Doug and Shelley Mitchell and a 2002 Chase County Schools (CCS) graduate, held a major part in planning and implementing the coronavirus vaccine delivery protocol for Great Plains Health (GPH) in North Platte.
The work of this Imperial native was praised by Governor Ricketts and several hospital spokesmen around the state for the huge impact on health and lives her delivery protocol plan had on people across Nebraska.
After earning her degree as a registered nurse (RN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Hahn was employed in that capacity at GPH for 10 years.
For the last year and a half, she changed hats and has held the position at GPH as Employee Health & Wellness Coach.
“I actually wear many hats—one of them is making sure staff members are current on routine vaccinations,” Hahn said.
Sometime in August, things began to change, she said.
GPH was contacted with a query as to whether the hospital had the capability to administer 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine within five days and if the number of patients would qualify for a shipment of the vaccine.
“We qualified on both requirements and became one of eight locations in the state to receive the initial Pfizer vaccines,” said Hahn.
“It was at this point I became the state contact for the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (NDHHS) Immunization Program,” she added.
COVID vaccines must remain frozen until ready for use, so the first matter at hand was to get a secured ultra-cold freezer.
“We were able to accomplish this by working together with GPH’s internal pharmacy to procure the necessary freezer,” Hahn said.
“Things were getting real pretty fast—there was no time to waste,” she said.
Hahn started putting together a coordinated plan to handle the large amount of vaccines and follow the state requirements for distributing the medicine.

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