Nebraska health districts can open vaccination eligibility to 16 and up, if they choose

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department told Channel 8 they plan to move to the next phase soon (ages 16-49), but more details will be released in the coming days.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The state of Nebraska is now allowing health departments and pharmacies, that are apart of the Federal Pharmacy Retail Program, to vaccinate those 16 and up. However, the decision to participate is up to the pharmacies and health departments.

Right now in Lancaster County, we’re in Phase 2A, which focuses on the older populations. 90% of vaccines are dedicated to ages 50-64, and 10% were dedicated to those with underlying health conditions.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department told Channel 8 they plan to move to the next phase soon (ages 16-49), but more details will be released in the coming days. Meanwhile, Douglas County’s Health Department announced they’re opening up vaccine appointments to those young adults starting Monday.

The federal vaccine program has already moved to start vaccinating those who are 18 years and older. The Hy-vee near 48th and ‘O’ in Lincoln started vaccinating those 18 and up last week, and starting Monday will vaccinate those 16 and older that have an appointment.

The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 years and older and the Moderna vaccine is only allowed for those 18 years and older.

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