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LINCOLN – As part of the Finish Strong Nebraska effort to ensure everyone in the state has the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it's their turn, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced several more pharmacies are now eligible to participate in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 vaccinations.
A number of pharmacies have joined the program. These sites are all accessible to the public across Nebraska and are vaccinating individuals in the current priority phase, 2A. More pharmacies could become eligible in the future.
Nebraskans are cautioned that retail pharmacy doses will be very limited for some time. Participating pharmacies, including pharmacies that are newer to the program are as follows:
Newly Eligible Pharmacies
Nebraska is offering vaccinations based on current eligibility criteria. These include 65 and older, along with frontline essential workers in healthcare, EMS, first responders, teachers K-12, grocery workers, public transit workers, law enforcement, childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and corrections officers/staff. In addition, some parts of the state are already vaccinating younger ages (50-64 years) in Phase 2A. Most vaccines are administered through other channels than the Federal Retail Pharmacy Vaccine Program.
There is a special emphasis now on teachers and childcare workers. The Biden Administration's directive for the Retail Pharmacy Program to prioritize teachers and childcare workers can be reviewed here.
Those interested in being vaccinated should check with surrounding pharmacies for scheduling ability as allocations and availability may differ based on demand. Walmart, Kohll's and Hy-Vee are among pharmacies in Nebraska that currently have public scheduling portals. Individuals can also register on the state site, at Vaccinate.Ne.Gov.
Registration for a COVID-19 vaccine allows individuals to receive updates, scheduling information and follow-up reminders about vaccination, as supplies are made available in their area.
Doses available at pharmacy locations are in addition to the state's weekly allocation of first and second doses being administered by Nebraska's 19 local health departments. Pharmacies are to coordinate with their local health department to help ensure doses are distributed appropriately to currently eligible populations as supplies are available.
DHHS continues to share COVID-19 and vaccine information via its Coronavirus website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
The DHHS COVID-19 information line is available to help answer questions on COVID-19 or vaccination. Available by calling (531) 249-1873 or (833) 998-2275, the line is staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. Call volumes may be high and patience is appreciated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nebraska is committed to ensuring access and care to its residents as we navigate the pandemic.
Who can currently get a vaccine in Nebraska?
Those 65 and older, along with frontline essential workers in healthcare, EMS, first responders, teachers K-12, grocery workers, public transit workers, law enforcement, childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and corrections officers/staff. As of last week, local health departments transitioned to vaccinating Phase 2A, which includes individuals age 50-64. Some parts of the state are already vaccinating younger ages regardless of jurisdiction based on allocations and availability. Check with surrounding pharmacies for scheduling availability as allocations may vary.
How to I register for a vaccine?
Please register at Vaccinate.Ne.Gov. Registration for a COVID-19 vaccine allows individuals to receive updates, scheduling information, and follow-up reminders about vaccination as supplies are made available in their area.
What should I do as I'm waiting for a vaccine?
Please exercise basic precautions. These are the best defense against COVID-19 while vaccine supplies are limited. You can be #BigRedResponsible by wearing a mask, watching your distance, washing hands often, staying home when you're sick, and avoid the 3Cs – crowded places, close contact with others, and confined spaces. Each of these are critical to preventing infection and controlling spread as much as possible.
What information do I need to register?
You will need to provide your name and contact information, date of birth and answer health questions. These are used to help determine priority group eligibility. Any information entered is strictly confidential and used solely for this purpose.
What if I need help registering?
Friends, family and caregivers are encouraged to assist others with vaccine sign-up. The DHHS Information line can assist those with limited technology, language or Internet access. It is available by calling (531) 249-1873 or (833) 998-2275. The registration site is available to Nebraska residents only.
Why do I need to receive two shots?
Those receiving a first dose are reminded a second dose is needed to complete vaccination. Research shows having the two shots provides the best protection against COVID-19 symptoms and potential complications.
Is this information available in Spanish?
A Spanish version of the registration website is available.
How effective are the vaccines?
Each of the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines had 100% efficacy against COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths. In phase three clinical trials, the Pfizer vaccine had 95% efficacy and the Moderna vaccine had 94% efficacy in preventing any severity of COVID-19. Both Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. A phase three clinical trial showed the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine had 100% efficacy at preventing any severity of COVID-19 (while being studied in regions with new variant strains of COVID-19), and only requires one dose.
Are there side effects after being vaccinated?
Mild side effects like a sore arm and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms with COVID-19 vaccines. While many people will have no symptoms, others may experience headaches, chills or a fever. These side effects are normal and a sign your body is building protection and you should be feeling better within a few days.
Where can I find more information?
DHHS continues to share COVID-19 and vaccine information via its Coronavirus website, as well as Facebook and Twitter. The DHHS COVID-19 information line is available to help answer questions on COVID-19 or vaccination. Available by calling (531) 249-1873 or (833) 998-2275, the line is staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. Call volumes may be high and patience is appreciated.