LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – While COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in Nebraska in the coming weeks, government officials will determine exactly how many vaccinations we can expect.
Governor Pete Ricketts said vaccinations will be restricted for at least four months.
The immunization program of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is awaiting vaccinations until Dec. 13. By the end of the year, the state is predicted to have just over 100,000 vaccinations. This means that about 5 percent of the Nebraska population is expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by then.
Nebraska DHHS incident commander Angie Ling said: “As the COVID-19 vaccine supply grows, more Nebrascan people will receive the vaccine. Another critical element we have been working on is the proper infrastructure for data transmission. “
Pfizer is expected to provide the first dose of the vaccine in two weeks. State officials say there will be almost 16,000 by then.
Next week, Pfizer is forecast to deliver nearly 20,000 vaccinations and Moderna will deliver just over 32,000 vaccinations.
And in the week after Christmas, Pfizer will be over 23,000 and Moderna over 14,000.
Governor Ricketts says only people 18 and older get the vaccine for the first time. They are the first to be received by healthcare providers, including nurses, pharmacists and EMS staff.
“It is vital that the leading players in the fight against the epidemic remain as healthy as possible and that we reduce the chances of the virus spreading,” Ling said.
While this is only a limited amount until the end of the year, Governor Ricketts expects all Nebraskan to be vaccinated by April next year.
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