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Gov. Ricketts: additional Pfizer doses now expected next week

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 9:00 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 13:36:49-05

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.

Related: Gov. Ricketts: Neb. getting fewer doses of vaccine than originally expected

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

View the press conference below or on our Facebook page.

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