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LINCOLN – With a number of Nebraska's pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, starting Monday, March 29 these entities will be able to vaccinate residents 18 and older. These sites are all accessible to the public and still vaccinating individuals in the current priority phase, 2A to 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.
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. Some parts of the state are already vaccinating younger ages and can decrease the age to ensure that schedules remain full. State Directed Health Measure (DHM) changes that will go into effect Monday, March 29 at 12:00 a.m. consist of the following changes to the Federal Retail Pharmacy program requirements:
While more pharmacies could become eligible in the future, the full list of pharmacies is as follows:
Recently Added Pharmacies
Opening up the age range for this program allows Nebraskans to visit a pharmacy anywhere regardless of jurisdiction and speeds up vaccination efforts across the state. For example, if a resident in one district wants to schedule an appointment for vaccination in another county that has availability, they can. 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. 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. Relay calls for deaf and hard of hearing and Language Line access is available.