Tuesday June 15 COVID-19 update: Vaccinations offered at Juneteenth celebration this weekend
(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.
Omaha Freedom Festival vaccinations
The Douglas County Health Department is working with Charles Drew Health Center to provide COVID-19 vaccines at the Omaha Freedom Festival, happening from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, located at 3448 Evans St.
Pfizer vaccinations will be available to anyone ages 12 and older. Those ages 18 and younger must have a parent or guardian with them in order to receive a vaccination.
Douglas County cases update
The health department confirmed 14 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the local total of positive cases to 72,026. The rolling seven-day average remains at 11 cases.
The DCHD COVID-19 dashboard no longer reports COVID-19 recoveries.
The local COVID-19 death toll remains at 729.
DCHD also reported Tuesday that local hospitals are 76% full, with 359 beds available; ICU beds are 68% full with 100 beds available. Of those patients, 22 are hospitalized with COVID-19, six of them receiving ICU care, and five of them on ventilators. Additionally, five patients are being monitored for COVID-19.
Douglas County vaccination update
DCHD reported Tuesday that 65.2% of Douglas County residents ages 18 and older have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination.
The national goal set by President Biden is to have 70% of those eligible for the vaccine to have at least one dose by July 4.
“The goal is within reach, but we need more people to make the choice to vaccinate,” the DCHD release states.
Over 63% of Nebraska adults have had one shot
(AP) - Nebraska is approaching having 70% of its adult population vaccinated for the coronavirus, but the pace of distribution of the shots continues to slow down.
The state may be close to President Biden’s goal of having 70% or more of all adults with at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 63% of Nebraskans ages 18 and older had received at least one shot as of Friday. That rate ranks 24th among all the states.
The CDC said roughly 31,000 shots were distributed in Nebraska last week, which was down from 37,000 the week before.
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
Retail pharmacy vaccine sign-ups: Baker’s | CVS | Hy-Vee | Kohll’s | Kubat | Sam’s Club | Walmart
Douglas County COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible residents — including youth ages 12 and older — are offered walk-in or by appointment at the following locations for a short while longer:
- CHI Immanuel Medical Center, located at 6404 N. 73rd Plaza near 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, will be open for another week, offering vaccinations through Thursday, June 17.
- Methodist Health System, located at 720 N. 114th St. in the Miracle Hills Plaza, will close Saturday, June 26.
- Nebraska Medicine Testing & Vaccination Clinic, located at 5710 S. 144th St. near 144th Street and Millard Avenue, will offer first doses through June 26; and second doses through July 18.
- Douglas County Health Department vaccination site – South Omaha, at 3505 L St., is a former Hy-Vee location that replaced the clinic formerly available at the Kroc Center. It has been designated as a site for youth vaccinations; minors who wish to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian in order to obtain the shot. However, DCHD is finalizing plans to close this clinic as well.
At the library
Several Omaha Public libraries are hosting Douglas County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinics in coming weeks.
- Milton Abrahams Library will host its clinic from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday.
- South Omaha Library will host its clinic from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday.
- Dale Clarke Library will host its clinic from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday.
- Benson Library will host its clinic from 3-5 p.m. Thursday.
- Washington Library will host its clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22.
- Sorensen Library will host its clinic from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23.
- Swanson Library will host its clinic from 5-7 pm. Thursday, June 24.
DOWNTOWN CLINIC: TotalWellness Health and the Metropolitan Community Church, located at 819 S. 22nd St., are hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
CHURCH CLINIC: Metropolitan Community Chuch of Omaha will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. No ID is required, but a parent or guardian must be present at the clinic with teens ages 12-18.
DRIVE-THROUGH YOUTH CLINIC: Children’s Hospital is opening a drive-through clinic to get youth ages 12-16 their COVID-19 vaccinations. Those wanting to schedule a vaccination there should call their Children’s Physicians pediatrician; or call 402-955-SHOT. Appointments will be available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
STOCKYARDS PLAZA WALK-IN CLINIC: COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to walk-ins — no appointment needed — from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and 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.
MCC FORT OMAHA: Vaccinations also 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 county’s vaccination registry.
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.
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.
Three Rivers health district
- In Dodge County, the Three Rivers Fremont location will be open for walk-ins from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
- In Saunders County, the Three Rivers clinic in Lake Wanahoo is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.
- In Washington County, the clinic at First Lutheran Church in Blair is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
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. weekdays, except for 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.
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