COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Nebraska and South Dakota
Nebraska plans to expand the next phase of its coronavirus vaccine campaign to include everyone 65 and older. Previously, the state had planned to vaccinate people 75 and older during the next phase, but the federal guidance on who should be vaccinated next changed this week.
That phase also includes essential workers who cannot work from home.
In most parts of Nebraska, the next phase of vaccinations is expected to begin in early February. Infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Rupp cautioned that expanding the group that is eligible for the vaccine means it will take longer to get through that next phase.
Dakota County Health officials are in the next phase of receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. The health department is in the process of setting up appointment for adults, 65 and older. You need to contact the health department at (402) 987-2177 to leave a message to reserve an appointment. Or, you can fill out an online survey.
South Dakota is moving on to vaccinating its next group of people for the coronavirus, 80 years of age and older and those in congregate living setting. The start Department of Health says the vaccinations beginning next week of the 1D subgroup start with those 80 or older and high-risk individuals with two or more underlying health conditions. The state will then move to the rest of those in 1D in the coming weeks, including residents of congregate living settings, licensed independent living facilities and group homes, teachers and school staff and funeral home workers.
Iowa surpassed 300,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic with 1,550 new cases reported Thursday morning, including almost 50 in Woodbury County. There were 19 additional deaths.