Many of you are eager to be vaccinated, and we hear you. We know access to this vaccine is critical to your health, your family’s health and the health of the communities we serve overall. We are working hard to communicate everything we know, when we know it. We will continue to communicate openly with you as we move forward.
What we know as of Jan. 28, 2021:
Area health departments are responsible for coordinating all local COVID-19 vaccinations. Nebraska medicine does not have vaccines to give to our patients.
COVID-19 vaccine registration
Douglas County residents 80+
If you are 80 years of age or older, and live in Douglas County, you should wait to register through the Douglas County website. We expect Douglas County’s website to launch tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 29.
Vaccinations for Douglas County residents 80+ will begin Feb. 2. The County will have vaccination clinics at the following four locations:
- Immanuel Medical Center
- Christ Community Church
- Rasmussen Hall at Creighton University
- Nebraska Medicine Testing and Vaccination Clinic
You can register to receive the vaccine at https://vaccinate.ne.gov or by calling 833.998.2275. Please try to register through the website first before calling. This is not a scheduling system. You will be notified when it is time to schedule your vaccination.
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. Vaccine providers are allowed to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. We expect public and private insurance providers to cover this cost.
Why we need COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community.
We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. Since illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.