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Thursday March 4 COVID-19 update: VA opens vaccination clinics for eligible veterans

Get an update on COVID-19 cases, testing, and vaccinations below; plus find helpful links for...
Get an update on COVID-19 cases, testing, and vaccinations below; plus find helpful links for more information and resources, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.(Associated Press)
Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 12:59 PM CST
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(WOWT) - Below are today’s vaccination updates as well as data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported by health officials across Nebraska and Iowa.

Keep scrolling to find helpful links and other information, including phone numbers to call for help getting signed up for your vaccine.

Vaccinations for veterans

VA medical facilities in Omaha, Grand Island, and Lincoln are hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics to veterans of all ages in front-line essential worker positions, according to a Thursday news release from the Veterans Health Administration.

Essential-work positions are defined as first-responders, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, healthcare and childcare workers, educators and school support staff, U.S. Postal Service employees plus manufacturing, grocery store, and public transit workers.

Any eligible veterans can go to the Omaha VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics’ walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the new Ambulatory Care Center.

“VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care Center also continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to members of the Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery staffs on a case-by-case basis,” the release states.

Omaha-area veterans are also encouraged to sign up online for updates from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about their vaccine eligibility status as well as information on how to schedule appointments where available.

Other COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible veterans are planned at the following Nebraska locations in the coming weeks:

  • March 10: The Nebraska National Guard North Omaha Readiness Center, located near Irvington and Bennington, will vaccinate eligible Veterans from Douglas, Washington, Burt, Dodge, Colfax, and Saunders Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie, Cass, Shelby, and Logan Counties in Iowa.
  • March 13: North Platte D&N Events Center
  • March 16: O’Neill Holt County Annex
  • March 17: Kearney Armed Forces Reserve Center
  • March 24: Beatrice National Guard Readiness Center
  • April 7: Norfolk National Guard Readiness Center
  • April 21: Columbus National Guard Readiness Center

Sarpy/Cass Health Department to vaccinate educators

More than 2,000 COVID-19 vaccinations will be made available to educators and school staff during a Saturday clinic at Papillion La Vista South High School, according to a news release from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.

Vaccinations will be distributed to educators and staff from Sarpy and Cass counties between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Douglas County updates hospital bed occupancy

According to the release, medical and surgical beds were at 81% occupancy with 291 beds available and adult ICU beds are occupied at a 72% rate with 94 beds available.

There were 88 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 27 of them receiving ICU level care. There are also nine people of interest awaiting test results.

Vaccination clinics

Douglas County

Until further notice, Douglas County clinics will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible residents at the following times and locations:

  • TUE/WED – Christ Community Church, located at 404 S. 108th St., clinics will provide vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • WED/FRI – CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • THU/SUN – Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 144th Street and Millard Avenue, vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
  • SAT – Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St., vaccinations will be administered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Additionally, the Kroc Center is planning clinics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, March 4, and March 8. As of Thursday, however, all appointments for these clinics there are full.

Any eligible veterans can go to the Omaha VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics’ walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the new Ambulatory Care Center.

Pottawattamie County

County residents ages 65 and older are asked to sign up via the Pottawattamie County vaccination website. Anyone needing assistance can also call the Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 to sign up for an appointment over the phone.

Off-line help

NEBRASKA VACCINE HOTLINE: Gov. Pete Ricketts has asked Nebraskans to call 402-552-6645 or toll-free at 833-998-2275 for more information on the Nebraska COVID-19 vaccination process. DO NOT call your local health department.

TEST NEBRASKA HOTLINE: To get answers about Test Nebraska tests, results, communications, etc., call 402-207-9377.

IOWA VACCINE HOTLINE: Older or home-bound Iowans looking for help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination appointment can call 1-866-468-7887 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; or contact Connections Area Agency on Aging at 712-328-2540 or 1-800-432-9209.

REFERENCE NOTE -- 6 News pulls data from Nebraska and Iowa COVID-19 dashboards at 6 p.m. daily. Other reports in this post come from official news releases from area health departments and other authorities as stated.

Resource links

Vaccine sign-up: Douglas County | Sarpy/Cass | Three Rivers | Nebraska

Vaccine dashboard: Nebraska | Iowa

Vaccine information: Douglas County | Douglas County clinics | Nebraska | Nebraska FAQ | Nebraska timeline | Nebraska Phase 1A tiers | Nebraska Phase 1B tiers || Iowa | Pottawattamie County | Mills County | Fremont County

COVID-19 dashboards: Douglas County | Sarpy County | Three Rivers Health District | Lancaster County | Nebraska | Iowa | Worldwide

School dashboards: Omaha Public Schools | Millard Public Schools | Bellevue Public Schools | Westside Community Schools | Gretna Public Schools | Elkhorn Public Schools | Lincoln Public Schools | UNL | Midland University

COVID-19 risk dials: Omaha-Douglas County | Lincoln-Lancaster County

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