OMAHA, Neb. — Vaccinations for group 1B have begun in Nebraska. In the first tier of group 1B is those over the age of 65. However, due to limited supply Douglas County is beginning with only those 80 and older. Those vaccinations begin this week and CHI Health is prepping for the thousands of patients that will come through CHI Immanuel.
"We have 700 doses each day, so we'll be doing 1,400 doses a week because we're running clinics on Wednesday and Friday," CHI Immanuel Incident Commander for COVID Response Carol McCormick said.
Vaccinations at the hospital begin Wednesday, but the anxious Omaha community is already stopping by the hospital with questions on how procedures will work.
"I was in the area, I just live down the street. I figured I would check it out, see where they're supposed to go," Omaha resident Joe Krejci said as he circled around the hospital with his car, curious as to how Wednesday will work.
Those with appointments are asked to go to the back of the hospital towards the conference center and park in the "teal" lot on the north side of the building. There staff will escort you inside to complete paperwork.
After getting vaccinated, individuals will be escorted to a waiting room to be watched for symptoms and to schedule their second doses.
"This is a great first step and definitely the staff here are very excited to get started," CHI Health Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services David Schmidt said.
Christ Community Church will begin vaccinations Tuesday. The Nebraska Medicine testing and vaccination clinic will begin vaccinations Thursday. Creighton University's Rasmussen Center will begin vaccinations Saturday.
CHI walks us through the process in the below video:
See the below map for where CHI Health is asking those getting vaccinated to enter the Immanuel campus: