Central District Health Department to begin Phase 1b of vaccinations

Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 6:24 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As the vaccine continues to roll out across Nebraska, the Central District Health Department is gearing for the next phase of people eligible for the shot.

CDHD has given out around 1,000 doses of the vaccines to healthcare workers. Now they are opening it up to people over the age of 75 under Phase 1b. There are some procedures in place since doses are limited. They are starting with people over the age of 90.

“We know about five days in advance what vaccine we’re getting. So we know that next week we’re getting 200 doses,” Health Director Teresa Anderson said. “But we also know after next week we should expect to see much larger allotments coming our way.”

Pharmacies will be wrapping up their vaccinations of long-term care residents and staff in the coming weeks. The health department expects the state to then be able to send them more doses per week.

The state is working on an online registration to get your place in line for the vaccine. For now the Central District is asking people to call them directly or fill out their survey. People will then be contacted to schedule an appointment to get their shot.

“I think what our vaccine team is planning is that first doses come in the building because there is a little bit more involved, a little bit more education,” Anderson said. “But remember they all have to come back for a second dose in either three or four weeks depending on what vaccine they get. We’re hoping to do the second doses as a drive through.”

Law enforcement and educators fall under Phase 1b and will be contacted directly by the health department when doses are available.

“We want to get people doses as quickly as we can. If we only get 100 a week this could take a really long time,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping for a thousand a week because our first shipment was 1,100.”

Anderson also said at the rate they are getting doses they don’t expect to be vaccinating the general public until the late summer. The health department said they are following the state guidelines closely to make sure the right people are getting vaccinated in the order designated by the state.

Central District Health Department: (308) 385-5175

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