DHHS updates Nebraska on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The first shipment of vaccines is targeted to hospital and health care workers, including EMTs, paramedics, and high-risk individuals. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — This morning, nearly nine-thousand Nebraskans have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, reports the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The first shipment of vaccines is targeted to hospital and health care workers, including EMTs, paramedics, and high-risk individuals.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be given over the span of a few weeks.

Moderna’s vaccine, which was authorized for emergency use this week, will be shipped to 112 Nebraska hospitals in the coming week, totaling 32,400 doses.

An additional 11,700 Pfizer doses are also expected this week. The State will use these doses to launch the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program the week of Dec. 28.

The COVID-19 vaccine is tentatively set for public use this coming spring. However, Nebraska will not mandate citizens get the vaccination but strongly encourage it.

Once more data is compiled, DHHS plans to launch a COVID-19 vaccine dashboard to keep the community updated on the distribution process.

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