WAYNE – Health Director, Julie Rother with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department recently joined the “View from Wayne America” talking COVID-19 and vaccinations.
Earlier in the week during the February 2 Wayne City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 5-3 to renew the current face covering requirement to sunset at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6.
Rother said medical experts are saying vaccines are very helpful to prevent an individual from getting a severe illness but it doesn’t mean the vaccines will prevent the virus from being spread.
“So, for instance you may still catch the virus from someone even after you’ve been vaccinated,” said Rother. “Maybe you wouldn’t get a full-blown illness from it but if you have the virus, you can possibly still pass it on to other people.”
Since the end of December, vaccines have been coming into the health district as Phase 1A began in December.
Rother added it took a while to vaccinate the healthcare workers and long-term care residents.
“But we got through them by the end of January,” Rother added. “We actually started the Phase 1B vaccinations this past week. So, we are getting it now out to people who are 65+.”
The goal of the health department is to get the vaccines out to people within a week after receiving the doses.
NNPHD can expect to receive 400 doses for Phase 1B from the state as this past week and next week, an extra 100 doses were delivered.
Phase 1B also includes those 18-64 with underlying health conditions and basic infrastructure groups.
To get your name on a list to receive a vaccine, visit nnphd.org as the health department is looking to make a transition to the state website prior to the basic infrastructure groups.
“The first link on our website is for people who are 65 years or older and that link actually takes them to our sign-up sheet,” Rother mentioned. “The second link, basically it just says if you’re not 65 or older, sign-up here to get on the COVID-19 vaccine list and that is the state website.”
The next step is to be patient and continue to be safe as someone in the health district will reach out to you.
Four individuals from the National Guard have been in the NNPHD office making phone calls and coordinating the schedules at each clinic.
Vaccines are being issued through Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Pender Community Hospital, Wayne Family Medicine, Wakefield Family Medicine, Laurel Family Medicine, NENCAP along with the health department.
Over 30,000 residents make up the four-county area of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties.
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