Health officials prepare distribution plans if vaccines become available
Health Director Pat Lopez says if there was a vaccine available to Lincoln, health officials are ready to distribute it, if it came now.
LINCOLN, Neb.(KLKN) — Health Director Pat Lopez says if there was a vaccine available to Lincoln, health officials are ready to distribute it if it came now.
“We, the state has a plan,” said Lopez. “We’ve looked at that, we modified it. We already have multiple agreements in the county to help people work with us to get the vaccine out.”
At a commissioners meeting Tuesday, County Health Director Pat Lopez said a vaccine committee of health officials have plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’ve just ordered some more supplies that we’ll need for administration,” said Lopez. “And we convened a, we call it a vaccine committee. But we brought together a lot of our physicians from a variety of practice areas, our Aging Partners folks and others to really talk about how can we do this, where would it go who are our priority groups so we’ve got that plan, we’re going to be ready to go as soon as we need to.“
Bryan Health’s Bob Ravenscroft said they are also involved.
“If Pat says that, I trust Pat,” said Ravenscroft. “Our CEO of Bryan Health, John Woodrich, participates in every call that the department of health participates in and if this committee is being stood up, Bryan would have influence.”
So who would get it first? Lopez says their plans will be close to what the state is planning with their own modifications of course.
The state’s vaccine plan has been put in phases. So for phase 1, if there is a limited supply of the vaccine, the supply will be distributed first to critical populations to be given in a closed setting. That means at some workers at hospitals, health departments and community-based clinics.
Also included are frontline workers like EMTs, teachers who work with students, the elderly, people with underlying conditions, and vulnerable populations. That includes college students and people of color.
We reached out to Lopez asking for details on the modifications for Lancaster County, but we have not heard back yet.