COVID-19 Vaccine Information

What you need to know:

Local health departments decide when different groups are eligible to receive a vaccine. You may continue to check back to this page for updates on how to schedule to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as they become available. If you have questions about when you might be able to receive a vaccine, check with your local health department. If your county has registration capabilities, we are encouraging patients to register. Vaccine distribution is owned by the states and local health departments. When CHI Health is able to offer vaccines to broader groups, we will update that information on this page.

When will the vaccine be available?

The FDA issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in December 2020. An EUA for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was issued in February 2021. We do not know exactly how soon everyone will get the vaccine, but we can tell you the order of prioritization as we follow state guidelines.  State Guidelines (Nebraska).  State guidelines (Iowa).

  • Phase 1A, which is currently underway, is for health care personnel, long-term care residents and staff.
  • Phase 1B now includes individuals 65 and older (still 75 and older for Iowa), those who are at high-risk for severe COVID-19, as well as workers in critical industries who are unable to work remotely. The high-risk group will include those with medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as increasing the risk for severe COVID-19.
  • Phase 1C will be vulnerable populations including the homeless and disabled and those in large settings like prisons and colleges.
  • Phase 2 will be all others.

Vaccination Plans by County

The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) and its community partners will host four community clinics beginning Feb. 1 in an effort to provide Douglas County residents in Phase 1B with their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  One of the locations that they have chosen for distribution is CHI Health Immanuel. 

At this time, those 65 or older can head over to the DCHD sign up page to sign up for the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone in this group who does not have any computer access is asked to call the Health Department’s Information Line at (402) 444-3400 to set an appointment (stay on the line to hear full list of options.)

If you are coming to Immanuel for your appointment, here is a wayfinding map of where to park near the Immanuel conference center.

For more information, including all locations and times, view the full DCHD press release

For Sarpy County, visit the Sarpy/Cass Public Health website or call (402) 593-3678.

Visit the City of Lincoln Health Department website for those 65 and over.

Visit the Central District Health Department website or call (308) 385-5175 and leave your name, birthdate and phone number. Because of limited vaccine, the plan is to start with those age 90 and over, and then gradually expand to other age groups as vaccine becomes available. You will be contacted by phone when you are able to be scheduled.

Individuals wanting to receive the vaccine should begin the process by registering with Two Rivers Public Health Department. (Calling our primary care clinics will not speed process as we cross-reference the health departments list with our own. The health department list is the “master” list.)

Visit the Two Rivers Public Health Department website for more information and to register.


For information on all other Nebraska or Iowa counties, please visit the links below:

Veterans and VA Personel

For answers to general questions about getting a vaccine at VA, read the VA FAQs. If you don’t find your answer there, call MyVA411 main information line at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711).

Additional Community Resources

In an ongoing effort to answer questions and concerns around the COVID vaccine within our Black and Brown community,  the Nebraska Department of Health is hosting and online town hall.  The town hall will provide a space where residents can receive accurate information from public health and medical officials regarding the various vaccines for a population that is twice as likely to contract, four times as likely to be hospitalized, and three times as likely to die from COVID-19.  View the two times below to register. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Event address for attendees:

Event number: 187 832 7038

Event password:  DMeWMiDR332               


  • Preston Love Jr – Founder & Executive Director, Institute for Urban Development
  • Dr. Renuga Vivekenandan - Infectious Diseases, CHI Health
  • Dannette R. Smith -  CEO, DHHS
  • Dr. Adi Pour – Health Director, Douglas County Health Department

Thursday, February 25, 2021: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Join Zoom Meeting;!!CqLityr3mSQ!VpRXCe1BS9Za2H7UjNXFIX9QjipGe8cc1E_jZQ-z0zVbZR_AU5D0yom984wwxLF6tQBnVSFCDA$

Meeting ID: 883 9427 7558

Passcode: 007704


  • Pastor Dwayne Hawkins - New Era Baptist Church
  • Dr. Leah Damiani Strain - Hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, CHI Health and Creighton
  • Dannette R. Smith - CEO, DHHS


Is the vaccine safe?

At CommonSpirit Health, safety is our priority, and we only administer vaccines that are recommended by the FDA as safe and effective. 

When can I get the vaccine?

Initial supply of a COVID-19 vaccine may be limited, and federal guidelines indicate that health care workers should be among the first to get the vaccine in order to ensure health systems are able to continue to provide care through the pandemic and beyond. Additionally, first responders and employees and patients in long-term care centers and other similar facilities will also likely receive the vaccines first, when they are available. We expect that vaccines may be widely available by spring or summer 2021.

Where can I get the vaccine?

Please see above for county health information on where to sign up for the vaccine in your county.

How is the vaccine given?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, administered three or four weeks apart. When a vaccine is given, information will be provided about when to get the second dose.

Why is it important to get both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines? 

It is important to complete the 2-dose series in order to optimize protection. Protection from the vaccine is not immediate. It will take one to two weeks following the second dose to be considered fully vaccinated.  

What if I miss my second dose of the vaccine?

CDC guidelines allow for up to six weeks between doses to maintain vaccine efficacy. If you go beyond six weeks between doses, you do not need to re-start the series, but you should get the second dose as soon as you can.  

If I have an active COVID-19 infection, can I get the vaccine before I fully recover? 

No, vaccination of persons with known current infection will be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue quarantine.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine and my flu shot at the same time? 

The COVID-19 vaccine should be administered alone with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines. 

Should I get the vaccine if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19? 

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, wait to get vaccinated until your quarantine period has ended to avoid potentially exposing those around you.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Where can I get more information about the vaccine?

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, Frequently Asked Questions are available on the CDC website and FDA website.

Also visit the DHHS website for local information in Nebraska, or the IDPH website for information in Iowa.

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