COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s
Healthcare workers are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, a vaccine, and it can't come soon enough.
Last Updated 5/21/21
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Many of us have questions about the COVID vaccine and how it will work, who will get it, the timeline, and the questions keep mounting. We want to answer all the questions we can.
Nebraskans can now register to be vaccinated with the State or their local health department. You must be registered with the State or the county in order to get a vaccination appointment through the government.
Lancaster County COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Lancaster County has now opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to any resident eligible.
Since mid-May, all Lancaster County residents ages 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
LLCHD is currently working with Lincoln High Schools to set up vaccination clinics for high school students.
As of May 21, nearly 59% of the eligible population have been vaccinated.
As of Feb. 10, more than 262,750 vaccines have been distributed across Nebraska. More than 85% of first doses have been administered and nearly 56% of the second doses. This does not include the 87,750 allocated for the Federal Pharmacy Program.
Nebraska COVID-19 Vaccination Information
The state of Nebraska is in Phase 2B of its vaccination plan, according to the vaccine timeline.
This prioritizes residents 16 or older to get vaccinated.
Additional phases are set to come as more doses of the vaccine arrive. The general population can begin registering for the vaccine now. You will be notified once you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Click here to register or call 402-441-8006.
Both vaccines- Pfizer and Moderna– come in two doses, Ricketts emphasized the importance of taking the second dose to receive the 95% efficacy immunity from the vaccine. The recently authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose.
If you have already been diagnosed with coronavirus, Ricketts says to “be on the safe side” and still get a vaccine when the time comes.
Nebraska COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s
Channel 8 News talked with Dr. Michael Tiesi, the Vice President of Pharmacy Services at CHI Health. Here is additional information we know about the COVID vaccine:
Will there be an age limit for the vaccine?
Anyone 16 or older is eligible for the vaccine.
Will insurance companies take care of the vaccine?
“It’s going to be free, no cost involved in the vaccine.”
Will the vaccine react with other medications?
It shouldn’t. “You know what is unique about this vaccine, it’s not a medicine, it’s unlike your typical flu vaccine where it’s a weakened or killed virus.”
See also: DHHS FAQs
Is the COVID vaccine going to be something we get every year, or a one-and-done situation?
Health Officials say there is no answer on that just yet. But we do know the vaccine will come in two doses, the second dose is supposed to be taken within three weeks of the first dose and doctors are emphasizing the importance of doing it on time.
Will the vaccine procedure look similar to a flu shot?
Yes and no. “Once we get it out, mix it up, and get it ready for administration, it’s good for six hours so we really need to prep and makes sure we have staff lined up so we can receive it and we do it within that time frame.”
See also: DHHS COVID-19 Caregiver Fact Sheet
Will pregnant women or women that are breastfeeding be able to get the vaccine?
Officials say pregnant women are eligible for the vaccine, but the decision is ultimately up to them and their healthcare providers.
Will there be any side effects? Who will get the vaccine first?
Frontline health care workers will get the vaccine first. “I know we have to stagger that because some folks may feel under the weather at that dose so we got to make sure we don’t vaccinate all of our critical care nurses at one time.”