Grand Island- On Thursday, the CDC approved third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to select groups. As COVID-19 continues to spread across Nebraska, CDHD will begin providing additional doses of the vaccine to those listed below. Please note, each individual must have previously had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine).
The CDC recommends:
· people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
· people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a third dose at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
· people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a third dose at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
· people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a third dose at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
CDHD will being providing Pfizer shots and annual flu shots on Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30am to 4:30pm September 27th at 1137 South Locust St. through a drive-through clinic in the parking lot. We also offer vaccine clinics from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Mondays – Fridays and 8:30 am – 7 pm on Thursdays. No appointment is needed. Those seeking boosters must present their COVID-19 vaccination cards and insurance cards if applicable.
You can find the most recent information on COVID-19 and more at our website, www.cdhd.ne.gov. We are also available for questions at (308) 385-5175.
Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties. In the last 7 days, there have been 214 new confirmed cases with a positivity rate is 42% meaning that approximately 4 out of every 10 people who received a test are positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Of the new cases this past 7 days, 29% (62) are children under age 19. According to the CDC, rates of COVID-19–associated hospitalization among children increased rapidly from late June to mid-August 2021, due in large part to the Delta variant. With more activities resuming, including in-person school and a return of younger children to childcare settings, preventive measures to reduce the number of severe COVID-19 cases are critical. Universal indoor masking is recommended for all teachers, staff members, students, and visitors in kindergarten through grade 12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
CDC also recommends:
-Persons older than 2-years-old who are unvaccinated, as well as vaccinated persons in areas of substantial or high transmission, wear masks in all indoor public spaces.
-Childcare centers serving children too young to be vaccinated consider implementing universal indoor masking for persons 2-years-old and older.
-All persons who are eligible should receive COVID-19 vaccines to reduce the risk for severe disease for themselves and others with whom they come into contact, including children who are currently too young to be vaccinated.
Weekly COVID-19-associated rates among children and adolescents rose nearly five-fold during late June-mid-August 2021 coinciding with increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant. Hospitalization rates are 10 times higher among unvaccinated than among fully vaccinated adolescents.
CDHD provides COVID-19 vaccinations from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays with Thursday clinics running until 8 pm. You can find the most recent information on COVID-19 and more at our website, www.cdhd.ne.gov. We are also available for questions at (308) 385-5175.
The United Way and the Central District Health Department are teaming up to promote COVID-19 vaccination in our community.
A new campaign featuring community members stories about "why I got vaccinated" will be running on social media and in poster form through the end of August. In addition to the campaign, we are offering the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike a chance to tell their stories.
If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, come to the Health Department from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mondays - Fridays (8:30 am - 8 pm on Thursdays) to get your shot and be entered into a prize drawing at the end of August. Prizes include VISA gift cards, certificates to local businesses and more.
If you have been vaccinated, we want your story. You can come to the Health Department during business hours, get a photo and tell us why you got vaccinated and be entered into a separate raffle for prizes. This is your chance to tell the community why you are choosing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
You can find information on the COVID-19 vaccine from the Center for Disease Control here.