LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – The White House has purchased 5.1 million more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which a portion of it will help bolster Nebraska’s supply.
“Here in Nebraska, that means that we will have about 27,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson. You put that together with 25,740 Pfizer and the 19,200 Moderna, and you’ve got 72,500 doses we will have here in the state this week,” said Gov. Ricketts.
Gov. Ricketts also urges everyone to register to get the vaccine by clicking here, so they’re alerted when an appointment is open for them.
“Got my vaccine on Saturday [and] the process went very smoothly. My arm was sore for a day or so, but other than that, no side effects, so please get signed up. Your opportunity to get that vaccine may be here before you know it,” said Gov. Ricketts.
The governor adds that it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“You can look at your local pharmacies [on the website to] see if they’ve got slots available for scheduling, but please, get signed up to get vaccinated. Because ultimately, that’s how we get through this pandemic, by getting people vaccinated,” said Gov. Ricketts.
In Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, everyone who is 16 years and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
There are county health departments that may still have restrictions, but federally-run pharmacies are open. Still, the governor advises people to check with their local health officials for updated information.
Gov. Ricketts is warning Nebraskans that the pandemic is far from over. He’s reminding people that it’s still essential to continue wearing masks and follow the social distancing guidelines when in public.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference on Monday morning. Watch the replay of the conference in the video above.