LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is providing an update on the work the State of Nebraska is doing to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect hospitals.
Ricketts said that Nebraska will be getting more than 11,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. They will be banked as part of a program to provide vaccines to long term care facilities. Nebraska officials previously expect to receive 19,000 doses next week.
The governor also said that if the Moderna vaccine is approved the state may see shipments as early as next week.
Key takeaways from the Governor's press conference:
- Neb. getting 11,700 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week. The Governor gave two different numbers and his office clarified.
- Those doses will be banked along with 11,700 received this week, so the state will have more than 23,000 banked.
- By Dec. 28 the state hopes to start the pharmacy program
- The pharmacy program is administered through the federal government. It's aim is to vaccinate residents and staff at participating long term care facilities.
- Federal government says you have to bank enough to be able to vaccinate half of the participants in that program.
- 538 facilities in state, 114 are not part of program for one reason or another
- The 114 that are not part of program will be getting vaccines from the Moderna pool.
- For more information on the federal vaccination program: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/long-term-care/pharmacy-partnerships.html
- Dec. 20 is proclaimed a day of prayer; Nebraska First Lady, Susanne Shore talked about a 3-day weekend of remembrance and honor.
Governor's news conference right now. Change, we will be getting some Pfizer vaccines now next week.— Jennifer Griswold (@griswoldkmtv) December 18, 2020
*NE will receive 11,900 Pfizer doses next week.
*those will be banked for pharmacy program; those will be going to longterm care residents and staff
Assuming Moderna is approved:— Jennifer Griswold (@griswoldkmtv) December 18, 2020
*32,000 doses will be coming next week to NE
*those will go to hospitals, clinics, local health departs and long term care places not part of pharmacy program
Governor Ricketts is declaring Dec. 20 a Day of Prayer. First Lady Susanne Shore is now talking about the next three days that are considered a weekend of remembrance and honor.— Jennifer Griswold (@griswoldkmtv) December 18, 2020
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