‘We are not behind’: Governor, health officials say state is on track with vaccinations

Governor Ricketts said the holidays have slowed down that vaccination rate, but people need to be patient.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The latest state data shows just under 105,000 vaccines have been distributed state wide, but only 39,000 have been administered, officials are saying there are no vaccines going to waste.

Governor Ricketts said the holidays have slowed down that vaccination rate, but people need to be patient.

“I point out, a week ago we were number two in the nation in regards to the number of vaccines being distributed relative to the percentage of population,” Ricketts said. “We’re still in the top third of that category right now.”

Our local hospitals agree, both Bryan Health and CHI Health said they are using every dose they have received and are at the mercy of the suppliers.

“Vaccinations even internally for our staff, that did slow down that week between Christmas and New Years for a variety of reasons,” Dr. Cliff Robertson with CHI Health said. “But there is no vaccine that has gone to waste inside CHI Health.”

Both Bryan and CHI are expecting more doses of the vaccine next week and they are more then ready for them.

“You know, I am very pleased with what’s happening here at Bryan,” John Woodrich with Bryan Medical Center said. “We purchased these sub-zero freezers, it’s nice we aren’t utilizing them that much because as soon as we get the vaccine we’re trying to get it administered.”

Our healthcare workers all having one common goal.

“We would love to be able to vaccinate more people, faster, with that said, given structural limitations of what it takes to vaccinate thousands and thousands of individuals, I think we are doing a pretty good job,” Robertson said.

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