Local Health Departments Encourage All Adults To Get Vaccinated

WAYNE – As Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department officials continue to use an interim sign-up portal, local health departments across the state are working in communities to protect public health and prevent disease and injury.

According to a release from the Nebraska Association Local Health Directors, local health departments are committed to seeing that all willing adults in Nebraska are vaccinated when vaccine supplies allow.

Health Department officials are working to ensure that all adults in their health districts will eventually have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently health departments are getting the limited available supply of vaccines out to the public as quickly as possible, in accordance with State and Federal guidance.

Universal access to the COVID-19 vaccines will help to get Nebraska past the COVID-19 pandemic. Local health departments encourage all adults in Nebraska to get vaccinated when their turn comes.

NNPHD’s sign-up can be accessed here: Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department: Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up (signupgenius.com).

Phase 1B includes first responders (firefighters, police, etc.); education (teachers, support staff, daycare) as well as basic infrastructure (grocery workers, utilities, food processing plants, U.S. postal service workers, transportation workers, funeral home workers, etc.). This will now include those age 65+ and will eventually include people 18+ with chronic health conditions but that category is currently being better defined.

If you know someone who doesn’t have internet access, make sure to assist them to register. If you are planning to assist more than 10 people to register, contact NNPHD at 402-375-2200 for an official sign-up spreadsheet.

All adults in Nebraska will have access to COVID-19 vaccine free-of-charge; no one will be denied the COVID-19 vaccine because they do not have insurance (depending on where individuals receive their vaccine, they may be asked for insurance information) as proof of citizenship is not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nebraska and will not be checked as a condition of receiving the vaccine.

The State of Nebraska’s vaccine registration system is scheduled to launch by the first week of February. Local health departments will work to promote the State’s system once it is up and running. All Nebraska residents should plan to register as soon as possible. People who are already registered with their local health departments should not have to sign up again when the State’s registration system is ready.

The number of cases of COVID-19 across Nebraska remains high. While you wait for your vaccine and this pandemic is over, remember…

  • Avoid Crowds, Close contact, and Confined spaces.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain 6-feet of distance from others whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Make sure your flu shot is current.

Accurate, science-based information about the COVID-19 vaccines is available from your local health department and online at www.dhhs.ne.gov, www.nebraskamed.org, and the www.cdc.gov. We encourage you to visit these websites to learn more.