MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The first members of Mankato’s Public Safety team have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Since our first responders are most likely to be the initial contact in emergency situations, it’s important that they, as well as the people they’re helping, are safe and protected against COVID-19,” Director of Public Safety Amy Vokal said.
Associate Director of Public Safety Jeff Bengtson was among the first to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. Bengtson responds to calls where residents need assistance or are in emergency situations.
“I opted to get the vaccine because I work with a lot of people from residents to first responders,” Bengtson says. “It was something I could do to help keep them safe while continuing to provide much-needed services to the public.”
Vaccinations to members of Mankato’s Public Safety team are being administered by the Blue Earth County Public Health Department.