DHHS expands Phase 1B vaccine group to include people 65 and older

Phase 1A vaccinations expected to be fully complete by the end of the month; Phase 1B vaccinations to begin shortly after.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As of Thursday, almost everybody in Phase 1A of Nebraska’s COVID vaccination plan, a group that includes health care personnel and long-term care, has received their first vaccine shot, with their second doses allocated as well. Angela Ling, incident commander for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, says that the state is looking forward to the Phase 1B group.

“Over the next month, [the Phase 1A group] will be getting their full vaccination,” Ling said. “So as we have allocated appropriately for that group, that’s why we are going ahead and moving on for the next group.”

The Phase 1B group originally accounted for people 75 and older. In accordance with federal guidance, that group is being expanded to include people 65 and older, as well as other with high-risk medical conditions. That group will begin receiving their first dose of the vaccine about a month from now. It will take longer for the entire group to be fully vaccinated.

“Just because you’re on a priority group does not mean you’re getting a vaccine tomorrow,” Ling said. “It will take time. This group is approximately 400,000 or more people and we’ll take a few approximately four months to get through.”

By next week, the plan is for every health district in Nebraska to provide a list on where vaccines will be available in their health jurisdiction. People will be able to get vaccinated at local health departments with health care systems as well as pharmacy systems.

Ling also mentioned that an online state registration system will be in place by the end of the month to help with scheduling vaccinations.

“Once the state registration system goes live, which we’re hoping around the 28th or 29th of January, then you can go ahead and get registered on that site and we’ll work to get you into a vaccination clinic,” Ling said.

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