Next steps for CDHD’s vaccine distribution

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 9:58 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The COVID vaccine has been in Nebraska for just about a month now and so far more than 76,000 people have gotten one. The state was handing out more than 20,000 doses each week since they first were brought to the area.

Roughly half of those were going towards medical workers, and the rest went to workers and residents in long-term living facilities. Now many counties are moving into the next phase of distribution.

“Our goal is to get that vaccine out as quickly as we possibly can,” Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson said. “We are working very closely with hospital in our area as well as healthcare providers to get it out to everyone as fast as we can.”

CDHD is wrapping Phase 1A and is expected to start Phase 1B Tier 1 this week, which should include people over 75 years old.

“Because we have such limited doses coming in right now, we are limiting this first week of Phase 1B to folks age 90 and older,” Anderson said. “But anyone aged 75 and older can sign up to be on the list.”

The next group of people in Tier 2 to get vaccinated will be teachers and school staff.

“As we work through the 75 aged and older, we can start adding in, depending on vaccine availability, these other tiers,” Anderson said.

More vaccines are going out in the central district as they start to see the down swing from a surge of cases late last year.

The district is seeing a positivity rate of below 20% for the first time since October.

Statewide we are also seeing a decrease in cases as we plan to move out of the risk dial’s orange level and down to the yellow one.

“We’ve got 28% of our hospital beds available today. 26% of our ICU beds and 70% of our ventilators,” Governor Pete Ricketts said in a briefing on Monday. “We’re also seeing 779 hospitalizations right now and that’s been stable for the last week.”

Anyone who qualifies and wants a covid vaccine now can apply on the CDHD website. They also have a ton of information its safety and effectiveness for people who are still feeling unsure about it.

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