Vaccines opened to 50 and over

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

McCOOK, Neb. -- COVID-19 vaccinations have been opened to anyone 50 years and older, testing is mostly in nursing homes and assisted living centers, and some patients are being treated for COVID-19 symptoms without being tested, according to the latest update from the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department.

The agency reported 62 new cases March 2-14, bringing the total to 3,751 in the nine-county area. SWNPHD received 800 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and 100 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, bringing Moderna distribution to 7,300 doses. Additional J&J doses are not expected in the near future.

Those who wish to receive vaccinations should sign up at vaccinate.ne.gov to be put on the official waiting list for vaccination, which will be provided by SWNPHD, six local hospitals, seven area pharmacies or the Red Willow County Health Department. Tiers Phase 1A and Phase 1B are still eligible for vaccine.

Anyone who does not have computer access can call 308-345-4223 to get on the waiting list. Phone messages are not left for appointments due to time constraints.

The statewide COVID-19 Risk Dial, based on the amount of hospital capacity used for COVID patients, is currently in the green level. SWNPHD continues to recommend wearing a mask in public, washing hands and surfaces often, and avoiding the 3 Cís: crowded spaces, close contact, and confined spaces.

COVID-19 information can be found at swhealth.ne.gov.† You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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