Nebraska continues its efforts to reach out to the local African-American community to share information about COVID-19 and testing and vaccination opportunities in the state. On February 18, 2021, the Nebraska DHHS and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) attended a meeting of the NAACP branch of Lincoln to discuss the importance of a COVID-19 vaccine. DHHS and Nebraska`s LLCHD have provided a space for African American Nebrascans to ask questions about the virus and available vaccines and get accurate information from qualified medical and health officials. As of Feb. 1, 2021, 3.25 percent of Nebraskas ages 16 or older have completed vaccination. The state is currently finalizing the first doses for people in Phase 1A priority groups, and counties are preparing to begin vaccinating those in Phase 1B. The state recently launched its notification website, which provides vaccine updates, planning information, and follow-up reminders. We will once again offer on-campus clinics to anyone who wants a booster or their original vaccine. As of February 4, 2021, Nebraska administered more than 14,000 COVID-19 vaccines, the highest daily total number of vaccinations to date. In the press release detailing the vaccine`s success, Governor Ricketts asked Nebraska residents to “continue to follow the protocols we have issued to slow the spread of the virus.” In the same press release and at a recent press conference, Angie Ling, the state`s DHHS incident commander, announced that the federal pharmacy program will begin next week in Nebraska. Nebrascans can register for the vaccine online or by calling (531) 249-1873. In response to recent CDC and FDA recommendations, Nebraska DHHS is suspending the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. On February 18, 2021, Governor Ricketts and DHHS leaders informed Nebraska of an update on vaccine prioritization.
Nebraska is currently in Phase 1B, which means that the majority of vaccines are currently given to Nebrascans 65 years of age or older. At the end of Phase 1B, vaccines will be prioritized for the 50-64 age group. Employees who have a recognized medical reason or sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. Employees with a 100% pre-approved remote work contract can also apply for an exemption. Requests for exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Yes. All contract staff working at UNMC sites and UNMC visitors invited to campus for 7 days or more are included in the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Some vaccination sites require proof of identity or eligibility. Bring a driver`s license or other government-issued ID that shows your name, age and residence, as well as your health card, if you have one. You will not be charged for the first round of vaccines or boosters, but the vaccine provider may charge your insurer a fee for administering the vaccine.
After your first vaccination, bring your vaccination certificate with you for subsequent vaccinations. How do vaccines work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities? Most residents and staff at long-term care facilities in Nebraska were offered the first and second doses under a federal program that allowed for free on-site vaccinations in late 2020 and early 2021. The program has ended, but the federal government continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to pharmacies that work with long-term care facilities to provide vaccines primarily locally. Facilities that do not have a partner pharmacy are encouraged to work with local or state health departments — or, where appropriate, the federal government — to provide vaccines. Do I have to pay for vaccination? You should not have expenses for the vaccine or a booster. AARP fought for the federal government to cover the cost of the vaccine itself. Scammers pretend to offer COVID vaccines and treatments and try to charge for them. AARP`s fraud monitoring network tracks the latest scams.
What should I do with my vaccination record? You should receive a small carte blanche at your vaccination appointment with your name, date of birth, name of the vaccine you received and the date it was administered. If you receive the vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax, bring your card with you for your second vaccination. You may need your immunization record to schedule a third dose of vaccination for some immunocompromised people or a booster shot. You may also need it for certain types of travel or other activities, so keep it in a safe place. You can take a picture of it with your smartphone for your own records. Experts say posting a photo of your card on social media could leave you vulnerable to identity theft. If you have lost your vaccination record, call the place where you were vaccinated to request a new vaccination record or a copy of it. You can also contact your state health department to request a replacement card or a copy of your record. How protected am I after vaccination? All vaccines reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and are highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from the disease. But no vaccine is 100% effective and infections can still occur after vaccination. Editor`s Note: This guide was updated on October 20, 2022 with new information on Novavax booster approval. On August 21, 2020, Governor Ricketts signed Executive Order 20-33, which lasted until August 31, 2020.
December 2020 waived the 30-hour training requirement for Nebraska surveyor certificate holders. The 30-hour requirement is based on a two-year period, and the regulation directs the state Board of Examiners to determine “reasonable” qualification requirements in light of the regulation, meaning the two-year period, including 2020, requires only 15 hours. We trust employees to accurately report their vaccination status in the health tracking system. That is, there will be an audit in which employees will have to provide proof of their vaccination to the employee`s health. People who are not honest in their reporting should expect corrective action up to and including termination of employment. UNL Face Coverings will temporarily require face coverings indoors, including at UNL events, until further notice. We will continue to assess the presence and spread of COVID-19 on our campus to determine our ongoing safety needs and determine if we can return to course-specific face covering requirements. Yes. Federal courts have ruled that employers can require vaccination against COVID-19, just as they can require vaccinations against other diseases. Many other organizations, including large national health systems, private companies, and government agencies, have already ordered COVID-19 vaccines. These mandates follow the recommendations of more than 100 medical associations and systems, and the list of reputable national health systems and companies that require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 grows every day.
Governor Ricketts issued an executive order suspending certain unemployment insurance requirements. In addition to waiving job search requirements for workers, the order directs the Ministry of Labour to temporarily waive costs incurred by employers whose team members make COVID-19 claims. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends obtaining an Omicron-specific recall that targets the original strain of coronavirus, as well as variants that are currently circulating and expected to circulate in the fall (BA.4 and BA.5). The original vaccines, called monovalent vaccines, will no longer be available as booster doses for people 5 years of age and older. Pharmacies, health departments, clinics and other locations: Vaccinations and boosters are administered at retail pharmacies and facilities affiliated with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (call the department toll-free at 833-998-2275 if you need help finding and scheduling appointments), some state-qualified health centers, local clinics and other places such as doctors` offices.