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Tuesday April 13 COVID-19 update: J&J vaccine halt not affecting Douglas County walk-in clinic

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: Apr. 13, 2021 at 12:37 PM 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.

Douglas County walk-in clinics still on

A spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department said that Tuesday’s announcement about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will not affect local walk-in clinics.

Phil Rooney told 6 News on Tuesday that the clinics were never slated to use J&J doses, so they will remain open and available as planned.

Walk-in vaccination appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the clinic in the Stockyards Plaza, located at 35th and L streets.

Another walk-in for vaccinations is available at North Omaha Area Health at 5620 Ames Ave. until 5 p.m.

We are still on for the vaccine clinic today!! We will offer the Moderna Vaccine today and not johnson and johnson Come on in-- or call 402-933-0737 for appt

Posted by NOAH Free Clinic on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Douglas County, UNMC talk about J&J halt

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour on Tuesday advised anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination in the last two to three weeks to be on guard for any concerning symptoms.

If you received a J&J dose after March 23 and develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of your vaccination, Dr. Pour suggests contacting your healthcare provider, or seeking medical care.

For more information, watch Tuesday’s update from DCHD and UNMC:

Douglas County daily cases update

DCHD reported an additional 146 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the local case total to 68,880 since the start of the pandemic.

The rolling seven-day average is 163 cases.

The local pandemic death toll stands at 685, and the health department has reported a total of 61,588 COVID-19 recoveries to date.

Douglas County hospitalizations slightly decreased, moving from 74% on Monday to 73% on Tuesday, with 399 beds available. ICU bed occupancy rose to 72%, with 96 beds available, according to Tuesday’s DCHD release. COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased by one, with 135 such patients now being treated in the hospital; 42 patients are being treated in ICUs, up from 41 on Monday; and 16 were still on ventilators.

DCHD is also monitoring four more people who may have COVID-19.

Health director’s report to county commissioners

During their meeting Tuesday morning, Douglas County Commissioners heard an update on the local COVID-19 cases and vaccinations from Dr. Adi Pour.

ABOUT CASES: Dr. Pour said approximately 59% of the community had been tested for COVID-19 at this point, and that there was an increase of 194 cases in the past week, a 16% increase compared to the week prior. Of that increase, 58% were aged 20-49.

Of the COVID-19 variants confirmed within the community, the most prominent in the county was the U.K. variant, with 127 cases. Additionally, 28 of the state’s 48 cases of the California variant were reported in Douglas County, which also has had cases of the Brazillian variant as well as the state’s first reports of the New York variant on Friday.

Dr. Pour encouraged the public to continue wearing masks, especially with the variants that are going around. She said masks were especially necessary when inside and with a bunch of people, but said masks could be removed if hanging around a group of vaccinated people outside.

ABOUT VACCINES: The health director said more than 200,000 vaccination doses have been administered in the county to date. So far, 47.6% of residents have received one dose, and close 30% — 124,380 — are fully vaccinated, Dr. Pour said.

She said if the county continued vaccinating at this rate, it’s possible we could see some herd immunity by the end of the summer.

Of those vaccinated, 46% are white, 40% are American Indians, 37% are Asian, 32% are Hispanic, and 28% are Black. Most are from Bennington and Elkhorn ZIP Codes, 68007 and 68022 respectively; with the fewest vaccinations in areas Omaha along the north and south parts of the Highway 75 corridor, in ZIP Codes 68107, 68108, 68110, and 68111.

Dr. Pour also broke down vaccinated populations by age: 90% of those ages 65 and older have received at least one dose, and 80% are fully vaccinated. Sixty percent of those ages 55-64 and 44% of those ages 44-54 have received one dose.

The county was expecting to receive an allocation of 14,700 COVID-19 vaccination doses this week: 11,700 Pfizer doses and 3,000 doses of Moderna.

Clinics are going strong, Dr. Pour said, but are starting to have an issue with “no show” appointments — as many as 5%-15%. She encouraged those who may be double-booking to be sure to cancel appointments they’re not using as it’s not fair to those who want a vaccine but can’t get scheduled because there’s no appointments available.

The health director was asked whether the county had any plans to have clinics at schools or for school-aged kids. She said there had been some interest from superintendents, but that families could also go to community sites.

“We don’t have enough Pfizer vaccines to go to the schools,” Dr. Pour said.

Housing authority continue limiting clinics to residents

In light of the halt to Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration happening across the country, Omaha Housing Authority and its community partners have canceled plans to open its vaccination clinics to the public this month.

According to an OHA spokeswoman, the clinics planned for Tuesdays in April will remain open to current OHA residents only, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses will be administered at those clinics.

Similar to OHA, the clinic at Open Door Mission that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 from 5-7 p.m. is still planned as well. They have replaced the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with Pfizer.

Iowa pauses J&J vaccine use due to blood clot investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa public health officials say they are temporarily stopping the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine as federal health agencies investigate incidents of rare blood clots.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced the pause Tuesday at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been given in the U.S.

Iowa was to receive just 1,800 doses of J&J vaccine this week. The state is still expecting to get more than 43,200 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 31,800 doses of Moderna.

CHI Health, in partnership with Douglas County Health Department, is offering COVID-19 vaccines, and we have lots of openings! Visit CHIHealth.com/covidvaccine and sign up using the link for DCHD!

Posted by CHI Health on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Health Department has released information about the recent pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen...

Posted by Sarpy/Cass Health Department on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Vaccination clinics

Nebraska DHHS

North Omaha: Vaccinations will be distributed Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus, located at 5300 N. 30th St. Appointments will be made through the state’s vaccination registry.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: 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 Medical Center Drive, Suite 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

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Hy-Vee | Walmart | Sam’s Club | Kohll’s

Douglas County

Douglas County COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible residents are offered by appointment at the following locations:

  • CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.
  • Methodist Health System, 720 N. 114th St.
  • Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 144th Street and Millard Avenue.
  • Creighton University’s Rasmussen Center, located at 702 N. 17th St.
  • Douglas County Health Department vaccination site – South Omaha, 3505 L St. (former Hy-Vee location). The site replaces the clinic formerly available at the Kroc Center.

STOCKYARDS PLAZA WALK-IN CLINIC: COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to walk-ins — no appointment needed — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, at the clinic in the Stockyards Plaza, located at 35th and L streets. Other clinics may also take walk-ins during the week as they’re able.

TOTAL WELLNESS: DCHD has been working with Total Wellness, located at 9320 H Court, to establish a vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting April 1.

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 second-dose clinic will be held April 18 — three weeks after the first-dose clinic on Sunday, March 28 — at the Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway.

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.

  • 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 second-dose clinic will be held April 18 — three weeks after the first-dose clinic on Sunday, March 28 — at the Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center, located at 12520 Westport Parkway.

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.

DOUGLAS COUNTY HELPLINE: Local COVID-19 information, in Spanish and English, is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except holidays. Call 402-444-3400 for assistance.

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

Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Hy-Vee | Walmart | Sam’s Club | Kohll’s

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

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