“The next two weeks will be very big weeks,” State provides update on COVID-19 vaccination plans, releases data

Governor Pete Ricketts announced the state is creating a COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard which...
Governor Pete Ricketts announced the state is creating a COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard which can be found on the DHHS website.(KOLN)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 1:55 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska has received nearly 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and provided 36,360 doses.

Angie Ling, incident commander for DHHS said the state has received 63,070 first doses for healthcare workers and 23,400 first doses for long-term care facilities. The state also received its first shipment of second doses last week.

The state expects to get 11,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for healthcare workers and 11,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine for long-term care facilities this week.

Around 38% of the doses Nebraska’s gotten have been given out. When asked why that number wasn’t higher, Ling and Governor Pete Ricketts said there were delays due to the snow and the holidays.

But mainly, they have to stagger who gets the vaccines when.

“This is just the general population where anyone who wants a vaccine goes to get it,” Ling said. “You have to be very careful in way we administer this to make sure hospital staff doesn’t fall out due to side effects.”

Ricketts said the state’s distribution plan is working well and Nebraskans need to remain patient.

“We would like to see more vaccines go out more quickly but if you look at what’s going on in the rest of the country and the holidays, I expect we’ll see a pickup of the vaccines,” Ricketts said.

Ling said she expects the next two weeks to be very big weeks for vaccinations in the state.

Ling said more than 100 long-term care facilities had been vaccinated last week and more will receive vaccines in the coming weeks, either through the long-term care federal pharmacy program or local health departments.

As the state continues with Phase 1a, which they’re about 1/3 of the way through with, they’re getting ready for phase 1b which will likely start in two to three weeks.

Phase 1b includes those who are above age 75, first responders and those in the following occupations: education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, postal service, public transit and grocery store workers. Ling said the priority will be on those older than 75 to start.

Ling said the state will be releasing a website where people can go to find out when they’re eligible, register for vaccinations and schedule the vaccinations. She said if those people don’t have access to the internet, they’ll also be able to schedule the vaccine through healthcare providers or vaccine clinics.

The state also added a vaccine dashboard to their COVID-19 dashboard on the DHHS website. There, various data will be posted regarding vaccines distributed and administered.

Some of those data points include:

- As of Monday, Jan. 4 .0074% of Nebraska’s population have been vaccinated

- 107 people have received their second doses of the vaccine

- 9,034 of those who have gotten the vaccine are between 2034, 8,880 are between 35-44, 6,772 are between 45-54, 6,852 are between 55-64, 2,924 are between 65-74, 825 are between 75-84 and 850 are older than 85 years old.

- 68% of those who have gotten the vaccine are female, 28% are male.

- 27, 926 of those who have received the first dose of the vaccine are white, or 76%.

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