PPHD Taking Registrations From Those 75+ For COVID Vaccines

      Nebraska health officials say people 75 and older are the state’s next priority for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The seniors follow healthcare workers, EMS providers, and patients and staff of long-term care facilities in the priority list.

       The state updated its plan to clarify the process after some teachers and school staff in Scottsbluff received the vaccine this week.State officials say the Scottsbluff district was following previous guidelines when it vaccinated school staff.

      Meanwhile, Panhandle Public Health District says the vaccination process is moving ahead in the region with 4,200 doses received the week of Dec 21. Most long-term care facilities are working with the federal Pharmacy Partner Program and will be getting their vaccine this month through an additional allotment.

      Anyone 75 and older interested in getting a COVID vaccine is asked to call one of two PPHD numbers, 308-262-5764 or 308-633-2866 ext. 101, and leave a message with the name, date of birth, county, and phone number. The form can also be completed online at tinyurl.com/ycpxzr5d

      Once registered, individuals 75 and older will be on the vaccine list. They will be notified when vaccine is available in their community, which could still be several weeks in the future. Doses are expected to go the general public no sooner than April.

       Public health officials everywhere are urging everyone to continue to practice social distancing, to wear masks, and to frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer until they are vaccinated.