What we know as of May 13, 2021:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization to include ages 12 to 15 on Monday, May 10. Read the statement.
The FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted their recommended pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, April 23. Read the joint statement.
If you recently received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please contact your doctor if you develop any of the following symptoms within three weeks of receiving your vaccine:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Leg swelling
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Severe persistent headaches
- Blurred vision
- Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site
To schedule a vaccination appointment:
Nebraska Medicine pharmacies have a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 vaccination. All COVID-19 vaccinations received through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program are being administered through the Douglas County Health Department’s mass vaccination clinics. Nebraska Medicine is not currently administering any COVID-19 vaccinations at its retail pharmacy locations.
If you are a Nebraska Medicine patient who has questions about the vaccines that you’d like to discuss with your health care provider before registering, please send a message to a member of your care team through the Nebraska Medicine app or the One Chart | Patient desktop portal.
If you live in Nebraska:
People ages 12 and older qualify for COVID-19 vaccination through their county health department. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 need parental consent. Please check with your county to see how they are handling the parental consent process.
- Schedule in Douglas County
- Schedule in Sarpy or Cass County
- Schedule in Dodge County
- Schedule in Saunders County
- Schedule in Washington County
- All other counties: Schedule through vaccinate.ne.gov
You can also schedule a COVID-19 vaccination through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Vaccine supply is limited. Appointments may not be available at the locations listed. VaccineFinder.org updates available time slots daily. If there are not appointments available, please check back later.
If you live in Iowa:
The Iowa Department of Public Health is coordinating vaccine distribution. Links and instructions are available at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov, or you can call 211. Resource specialists are available 24 hours a day to answer basic questions.
If you're a Veteran:
The Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa health care system is offering COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans who qualify based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and VA risk criteria. Your VA health care team will contact you to schedule your vaccination if you qualify. You can sign up for VA COVID-19 vaccine updates here.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free to most Americans. Vaccine distributors can charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. However, in most cases, public and private insurance providers cover this cost. Nebraska Medicine is not distributing the vaccine at this time, and we do not profit from COVID-19 vaccinations.
Why we need COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community.
We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. Since illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.