Nebraska planning to have COVID-19 vaccine in next few weeks

Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 9:08 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Gov. Pete Ricketts and Angela Ling, incident commander for Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, shared details Wednesday about Nebraska’s COVID-19 vaccination plans.

Pending FDA approval of the vaccines, Nebraska is expecting more than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccinations in the next few weeks, Ling said.

Pfizer’s first shipment of 15,600 vaccinations is expected to arrive the week of Dec. 13, with 19,500 expected sometime between Dec. 20-26, and 23,400 more the week after that. Moderna is planning to ship and 32,100 vaccines to Nebraska the week of Dec. 21, and 14,200 the following week. Ling said that these were forecasted numbers, and could change.

The first vaccines will be given to healthcare providers, nurses, ancillary staff, home healthcare, pharmacies, EMS, and other healthcare staff that are exposed to patients and infectious materials, Ling said.

“It’s vitally important that those on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic stay as healthy as possible and that we reduce their chances of spreading the virus,” she said.

Nebraska COVID-19 update

As more vaccines are allocated, more Nebraskans will receive them, she said.

The state’s distribution plans are currently based on the population of Nebraskans ages 18 and older — not on the state’s Census numbers — because the vaccination is not expected to be distributed to children for now, Ricketts said.

The state has also increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Omaha and Lincoln.

The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus jumped 62 in Nebraska on Tuesday as the state reported nearly 2,000 more cases of COVID-19. The state reported 1,080 deaths and 1,787 new virus cases Tuesday to give Nebraska a total of 130,194 cases of the virus since the pandemic began.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus declined again Tuesday to 869 from the previous day’s 907. That total is now more than 100 people lower than the record of 987 that was set on Nov. 20, but it remains nearly four times higher than the level it was at two months ago.

Watch Wednesday’s news conference

Nebraska COVID-19 update

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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