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NE vaccine registration system launching end of January for general public

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 19:17:41-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — As vaccinations wrap up for healthcare workers, Nebraska is beginning to roll out vaccination plans for the general public. The state plans to launch a vaccine registration website and call center.

The first in line will be those over the age of 75.

"This system will allow Nebraskans to register to receive the vaccine by entering some basic information to determine what phase they are in and when their phases open," Angie Ling with the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Basic information includes name, date of birth, e-mail, occupation and general health questions.

"Additional reminders will be sent for the second vaccine and you'll be able to enter any adverse reactions," Ling added.

A call center will also be set up for those without internet access.

The system will include a finder so you can find vaccine locations near you. Vaccine locations will include healthcare centers, local health departments and pharmacies. The National Guard will assist in administering the vaccines to speed up the process.

Healthcare systems will also be able to schedule their patients for vaccines as well. If you register and don't yet fall into the priority vaccination group, which right now is 75 and older, you will be put on a wait-list and will be notified when you are eligible.

"We acknowledge that the registration system is slightly behind schedule, but we have been working on this for quite a while and want to make sure Nebraska has a sound product so we are not having issues like other states are seeing," Ling said.

States like Michigan and Texas launched their vaccine registration websites and they have either crashed due to overwhelming volumes or appointments filled up in minutes.

Nebraska is still finalizing details on the registration system but if no more delays follow – the system will launch at the end of January.