Nebraska health districts to open COVID-19 vaccines to people 16 and older on April 5

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Nebraska’s public health districts will be allowed to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents who are at least 16 years old starting next week if they have an adequate supply of doses.

Gov. Pete Ricketts says the regional districts will have the option to do so starting Monday. State officials will let them decide whether they have enough open appointments and doses.

Some rural public health districts have already started vaccinating that age group, but the wait will be a bit longer in Nebraska’s most populated cities.

The governor adds if districts aren’t ready to move to the next phase, they can stay in their current phase.

“That doesn’t mean in your health district; they will be going to any age category because different health departments are still in different places. For example, in Lancaster County, I believe we’re at age 58 and up right now, but in other health districts, they’re ready to move on and go to younger populations,” said Gov. Ricketts.

Douglas County, encompassing Omaha, will offer vaccinations to residents who are at least 45 years old starting Thursday.

People who are looking for a vaccine may be able to schedule an appointment through their local pharmacies.

“We found out from the White House this week on our weekly call that the Federal Pharmacy Program is going to be expanded from approximately 17,000 pharmacies nationwide to about 40,000 pharmacies nationwide, so you can check with your local pharmacy,” said Gov. Ricketts.

Gov. Ricketts said he will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the State’s work to support coronavirus vaccinations.

The governor will also discuss the State’s work to help Nebraskans “get back to a more normal life,” among other topics.

Watch the replay of the full conference live above.

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