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ATTENTION: Questions from the public about vaccines can be directed to the COVID-19 information line at (531) 249-1873 or (833) 998-2275. Please visit your local health department's website for more information on how priority group vaccination is proceeding in your area.
Lincoln – The COVID-19 testing site at Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, at N. 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, Omaha, will become a COVID-19 vaccination site April 1. Four hundred shots a day, coordinated through the state vaccine system (https://vaccinate.ne.gov/en-US/), will be provided at the north Omaha location Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The vaccination site is opening because the state has adequate resources of the vaccine to expand its reach.
For the week ending March 28, Nebraska is scheduled to receive 25,740 first doses and 25,740 second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as 18,400 first doses and 18,400 second doses of the Moderna vaccine. The state is currently not expecting to receive any doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine this week.
More than 106,737 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered last week in Nebraska. As of Sunday, more than 730,967 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given to those in Phase 1 priority groups, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Additionally, as of Sunday over 251,571 Nebraskans have completed vaccination, which represents 17% of Nebraskans aged 16 years of age and older.
The state began vaccinating those Nebraskans in Group 2A – those 50 years of age and older, as well as those working in critical industries of any age – in all counties earlier this week. Ten percent of all allocations are being administered to those of all ages with serious underlying health conditions. Retail Pharmacy Program partners are offering vaccines for Nebraskans 50 years of age and older, as well as continuing to serve those working in critical industries, healthcare providers, and long-term care residents as needed.
Some areas of the state are moving to additional tiers. Local health departments can advise which group they are currently vaccinating.
Finish Strong Nebraska is the state's official COVID-19 vaccination campaign designed to keep the public motivated and informed on the vaccine. For more information and to register on the vaccine portal, visit FinishStrong.Ne.Gov or visit go directly to the registration portal at Vaccinate.NE.Gov. Once registered on the portal, Nebraska residents will be notified when COVID-19 vaccination begins in their area. A Spanish translation of the website is now available. To access, users should select Español from the language drop-down menu at the top-right side of the page.
DHHS continues to share new information via the Coronavirus website, as well as Facebook and Twitter and at virtual town halls. Each week, members of the DHHS team hold a mid-day Facebook Live session to discuss vaccine-related and pandemic-related topics. 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. CDT. Call volumes may be high and patience is appreciated.