Nebraska has received its first shipments of the new
coronavirus vaccine and expects to get more than 100,000 doses this month to treat front-line health care workers.
Dr. Gary Anthone, Nebraska’s chief medical officer, says the initial shipments had arrived at two hospitals as of mid-morning Monday, and expected to see all of the initial week’s 15,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the coming 48 hours.
During Governor Ricketts’ virus response update, Dr. Gary Athone explained whether a person gets the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine expected to be approved this week, getting the second dose is very important.
“The ones that have asked for EUA authorization have about a 52 percent effectiveness for immunity after the first dose, and up to 95 percent after the second dose,” said Anthone. “That’s why they’re asking everybody to get that second dose. Not only that, we hear the second dose provides more long-term immunity.”
Nebraska’s distribution plan calls for the first vaccine doses to go to front-line health workers and other key professions, including meatpacking workers and teachers.
Gov. Pete Ricketts says the general public likely won’t be eligible until April, which includes himself. Athone says whether a vaccine is based on messenger-RNA or protein-type anti-bodies, the general public is likely to have several options once vaccinations under the tiered rollout are completed.