Residents of Douglas, Sarpy and Cass Counties ages 55 and older can begin making appointments to get vaccinated for COVID-19 on Thursday, local health departments announced Wednesday.
State officials opened up vaccination to Nebraskans ages 50 to 64 on Monday. Douglas County, the state’s most populous, has opted to break down vaccinations for that relatively large age bracket by five-year increments. The county began vaccinating people ages 60 to 64 on Monday.
The Douglas County and Sarpy/Cass Health Departments said Wednesday that both will drop down to the 55-to-59 age bracket beginning Thursday.
Phil Rooney, a Douglas County Health Department spokesman, said the county will be prepared to move into the next age bracket if the appointments for 55- to 59-year-olds don’t fill. That tier includes those born in 1966 or earlier.
State health officials have said that the 50-to-64-year-old category includes an estimated 350,000 Nebraskans. However, they estimated that 90,000 already have gotten shots as essential workers.
Sarpy and Cass County residents can go to www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/myturn for a list of clinic locations. Those residents are encouraged to visit vaccinate.NE.gov to register for COVID-19 vaccination notifications.
The two health departments also are partnering with Community Pharmacy to offer a vaccination clinic for residents 55 and older Sunday at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway in La Vista. To register, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b48ada62aabfa7-328211 between 9 a.m. Thursday and noon Saturday. There is no cost to attend this clinic, but you will be asked for a copy of your insurance card if you have one.