Gov. Ricketts COVID-19 briefing
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Governor Pete Ricketts will be live, giving another update on the COVID-19 vaccine plan in Nebraska. Tune in at 10 a.m. to watch the full conference!
We’ll be posting live updates below. All times are Central.
In reference to the Federal Pharmacy Program, Gov. Ricketts said “this was a program that was ill-thought out by the Federal Government, they didn’t coordinate with the states.” For example, 43 Nebraska pharmacies had signed up to participate, but only 33 pharmacies are being allocated doses this week.
Ricketts is disappointed the Federal Government did not coordinate with Nebraska because their program has created two ways for people to sign up for the vaccine in the state.
“For example, there was a question earlier. What if I go to one pharmacy, and I want to get a vaccine someplace else. Well, if the federal government actually planned this out ahead of time and let us coordinate with the pharmacies and set up an automated way to share data, we would be able to say oh if you went to this pharmacy and now you’d like to go to your local health director you could do that because we’d have that record, but we don’t have that record right now.”
Pharmacies are being asked to focus on those 65 years or older.
The Governor says it will be extremely cold this weekend. Avoid travel if possible, but if you do, dress warm and make sure you are prepared for an emergency.
The Nebraska COVID-19 Dashboard now depicts vaccine doses specifically allocated to the Federal Pharamcy Program.
Announced last night, the CDC is investigating a death in Nebraska. Among the several causes of death listed on the death certificate was the COVID-19 vaccine.
The person was a male in his 40’s, who was in a long-term care facility with multiple comorbidities. It is the CDC’s protocol to investigate any events or deaths related to the vaccine.
Typically, any COVID vaccine-related deaths are due to a severe allergic reaction, which usually happens within 15 minutes of administering the vaccine. This individual passed away one to two weeks after receiving the vaccine.
Dr. Anthone says it would be “very unusual to have somebody die two weeks out, or 10 days to two weeks after receiving the vaccine. So that’s why we need this investigation.”
Over 272,000 vaccines, both first and second doses, have been administered. About 95% of Nebraska’s first doses have been given out.
The Federal Pharmacy program began yesterday.
Gov. Ricketts says he has directed all Nebraska health departments to focus on vaccinated those 65 years and older, as they are among the most vulnerable. For example, 83% of COVID fatalities are people 65 and older.
Hospitalizations continue to drop from our high in November.