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Friday March 26 COVID-19 update: Federal pharmacy program to vaccinate ages 18+

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. 26, 2021 at 11:47 AM CDT
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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.

Federal program to vaccinate ages 18 and older

Starting Monday, Nebraska pharmacies that are in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program will begin vaccinating people 18 and up, according to a Friday night news release from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS listed participating pharmacies, noting that more may be added in the future as the program will eventually allow Nebraskans to visit any pharmacy to help speed up the process of mass vaccination in the state. The state also has plans to facilitate scheduling vaccination appointments for Nebraskans wherever the shots are available, even in multiple counties.

Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area currently participating in the program include:

  • Medicine Man Pharmacy, 15615 Pacific St. Suite 8, Omaha NE 668118
  • Think Aksarben Pharmacy LLC, 7100 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68106
  • ViaRx, 825 N. 90th St., Omaha NE 68114
  • Walmart, 3010 E. 23rd St., Fremont NE 68025

Other Nebraska pharmacies in the program are:

  • Wells Drug, 113 S. Fourth St., Albion NE 68620
  • Alliance Community Pharmacy, 2409 Box Butte Ave., Alliance NE 69301
  • Ashland Pharmacy Inc., 1401 Silver St., Ashland NE 68003
  • Clabaugh Pharmacy, 501 Court St., Beatrice NE 68310
  • Walmart, 1882 Holly St., Blair NE 68008
  • Walmart, 510 Linden St., Chadron NE 69337
  • Walmart, 818 E. 23rd St., Columbus NE 68601
  • Walmart, 1800 E. 29th St., Crete NE 68333
  • Emerson Apothecary, 1003 S. Main St. Ste 2, Emerson NE 68733
  • Walmart, 2831 Highway 15, Fairbury NE 68352
  • Weaver Pharmacy, 1014 G St., Geneva NE 68361
  • Bert’s Prescription Pharmacy, 1021 W 14th, Hastings NE 68901
  • Walmart, 3803 Osborn Dr., W Hastings NE 68901
  • Medicap Pharmacy No. 8342, 2706 Second Ave., Suite A, Kearney NE 68847
  • Walmart, 5411 Second Ave., Kearney NE 68847
  • Loup City RX Shoppe, 133 S. Seventh St., Loup City NE 68853
  • Walmart, 200 Frontier St., Lexington NE 68850
  • Walmart, 1902 W. B St., McCook NE 69001
  • Walmart, 2101 S. 11th St., Nebraska City NE 68410
  • Walmart, 2400 W Pasewalk Ave., Norfolk NE 68701
  • Walmart, 1401 S Dewey St., North Platte NE 69101
  • Walmart, 201 Pony Express Lane, Ogallala NE 69153
  • O’Neill Family Pharmacy, 317 E. Douglas St., O’Neill NE 68763
  • Walmart, 3322 Ave. I, Scottsbluff NE 69361
  • Walmart, 1601 Cornhusker Dr., South Sioux City NE 68776
  • Providence Medical Center, 803 Providence Road Suite 101, Wayne NE 68787
  • Wisner Apothecary, 1024 Ave. E Ste 100, Pender NE 68791
  • Walmart, 101 E David Dr., York NE 68467

Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area that will be added to this list include:

  • The Nebraska Medical Center Bellevue Pharmacy, 2510 Bellevue Md. Ctr. Dr. Ste 100, Bellevue NE 68123
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 5150 Center, Omaha NE 68106 NE
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 1000 South 178th St., Omaha NE 68118
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha NE 68137
  • Nebraska Medicine Pharmacy at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St., Omaha NE 68198
  • Kohll’s Rx, 2915 Leavenworth St., Omaha NE 68105
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 11650 S. 73rd St., Papillion NE 68046

Other Nebraska pharmacies that will be added, according to the release, include

  • David City Discount Pharmacy, 422 Fifth St., David City NE 68632
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 115 Wilmar Ave., Grand Island NE 68803
  • Keith’s Drive-In Drug, 500 N Hastings Ave., Hastings NE 68901
  • Relycare Pharmacy, 1221 N Cotner Blvd., Suite 1, Lincoln NE 68505
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 5010 O St., Lincoln NE 68510
  • Anderson Pharmacy, 1429 M St., Ord NE 68862
  • Tekamah Drug Co., 412 S. 13th St., Suite. A, Tekamah NE 68061

DHHS also announced that at midnight Monday, the following changes to the state’s new directed health measures will go into effect relating to the retail pharmacy program:

  • The new DHM removes the targeted age groups and critical infrastructure worker criteria for Retail Pharmacy Program partners, allowing them to vaccinate anyone 18 and older.
  • Retail Pharmacy Program partners will no longer need to coordinate schedules with their respective local health departments and will instead use the state-designated COVID-19 vaccine registration and scheduling system.

Officials say the vaccination sites listed above are all accessible to the public will continue to vaccinate people in Phase 2A. The federal pharmacy program doses are being supplied in addition to Nebraska’s weekly allocation of first and second doses that have been — and will continue to be — administered by the state’s 19 local health departments, according to the DHHS release.

Walmart, Kohll’s, and Hy-Vee have their own scheduling portals, but Nebraskans can also register via state‘s vaccination registration website, the release states.

Community Pharmacy to vaccinate ages 50+ on Sunday

Community Pharmacy announced Friday they will lower the vaccination age requirement to 50 at Sunday’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Those meeting the age requirement who wish to be vaccinated at this clinic will need to pre-register online. Registration closes at noon Saturday.

“Community Pharmacy is thrilled to receive the federally allocated Pfizer vaccine. By receiving this allocation, we are now able to lower the permitted age of individuals eligible to be vaccinated to 50,” shares Kyle Janssen, owner of Community Pharmacy. “We will continue to be an advocate for the Midwest, partnering with local and national entities to tackle Covid-19 in the heartland.”

Douglas County vaccination rollout plan update

The Douglas County Health Department on Friday listed a timeline for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination rollout to further age groups in coming weeks.

Those ages 50 and up, born in 1971 or earlier, will be eligible to schedule their shots on Monday, April 12, with vaccine doses scheduled to be made available to everyone ages 16 and older on Sunday, April 18.

Correction: A previous version of this report indicated incorrect weekday labels. 6 News regrets the error.

Douglas County case update

The Douglas County Health Department on Friday reported that local hospitals were at 78% occupancy, with 327 beds available, the DCHD release states. ICU beds are at 70% occupancy, with 102 beds available.

DCHD reported that 70 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 25 of them in the ICU, and 16 on ventilators.

The health district is also waiting on test results for five patients.

Iowa coronavirus trajectory echoes national upward trend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa coronavirus data continued to suggest Friday that virus activity is increasing in the state with infections and deaths continuing to rise.

Similar trends were noted Friday by the White House COVID-19 Response Team members who expressed concerns about rising cases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says cases and hospital admissions are rising nationally and people should take this moment seriously and continue to wear a mask to avoid another surge.

Iowa reported 979 new cases on Friday and 19 additional deaths increasing the state death total to 5,708. The seven-day positivity rate increased to 4.8%.

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Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

North Omaha: These clinics will distribute 400 vaccinations each Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus located at North 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. Appointments will be made through the state’s vaccination registry.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: Starting Monday, Nebraska pharmacies that are in the federal pharmacy program will begin vaccinating people 18 and up, according to a Friday night news release from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

These vaccination appointments will be made through the state’s vaccination registry.

Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area currently participating in the program include:

  • Medicine Man Pharmacy, 15615 Pacific St. Suite 8, Omaha NE 668118
  • Think Aksarben Pharmacy LLC, 710 W. Center Road, Omaha NE 68106
  • ViaRx, 825 N. 90th St., Omaha NE 68114
  • Walmart, 3010 E. 23rd St., Fremont NE 68025

Pharmacies in and near the Omaha-metro area that will be added to this list include:

  • The Nebraska Medical Center Bellevue Pharmacy, 2510 Bellevue Md. Ctr. Dr. Ste 100, Bellevue NE 68123
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 5150 Center, Omaha NE 68106 NE
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 1000 South 178th St., Omaha NE 68118
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha NE 68137
  • Nebraska Medicine Pharmacy at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4014 Leavenworth St., Omaha NE 68198

Douglas County

Until further notice, Douglas County clinics will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible residents weekly 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 – CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. Vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • WED – Miracle Hills clinic, located at 720 N. 114th St. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment from noon to 6 p.m. The clinics are offered by the Douglas County Health Department and Methodist Hospital.
  • THU – 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.
  • FRI – CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. Vaccinations will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SAT – Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St. Vaccinations will be administered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • SAT – Miracle Hills clinic, located at 720 N. 114th St. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinics are offered by the Douglas County Health Department and Methodist Hospital.
  • 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.

VETERANS: 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.

LA VISTA CLINICS: A first-dose clinic will be held Sunday, March 28, at the Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway, with the second-dose clinic set for three weeks later, on April 18. Register online.

Sarpy/Cass County

Sarpy/Cass County Health Department is planning several vaccination clinics in upcoming weeks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the dates below for residents born in 1961 or earlier, and Phase 1A and 1B populations. Get the link to sign up for an appointment on the health department’s website.

  • WED March 24 – La Vista Conference Center (Embassy Suites), located at 12520 Westport Parkway.
  • TUE March 30 – Beardmore Event Center (Courtyard by Marriott), located at 3730 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue.
  • TUE April 6 – Beardmore Event Center (Courtyard by Marriott), located at 3730 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue.
  • WED April 7 – La Vista Conference Center (Embassy Suites), located at 12520 Westport Parkway.

LA VISTA CLINICS: A first-dose clinic will be held Sunday at the Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway, with the second-dose clinic set for three weeks later, on April 18. Register online.

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

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