Nebraska sits 19th nationally in 2nd doses administered, 46th in doses used

Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 6:53 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Over 310,000 Nebraskans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or about 14% of the population.

Gov. Ricketts said the second dose, which has been given to more than 100,000 Nebraskans, is the most important.

“That’s the number we’re focused on to be able to get out as quick as possible.”

According to CDC data, as of Thursday night, Nebraska ranks 19th in the U.S. in second doses administered. Nebraska ranks higher than Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas in this category.

“We want to move that up in the ranking as well,” Gov. Ricketts said. “We do have a team that’s going to make sure we’re getting those vaccines in people’s arms as quickly as possible.”

But, where the state is falling behind is in first doses administered and doses used.

The data for doses used is based on the number of vaccines administered out of the number of vaccines the state receives.

The CDC ranks Nebraska 46th in doses used; up one spot from Wednesday. New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington D.C., and Alabama are the only places ranked lower than Nebraska. Data also shows Nebraska is in 42nd in first doses administered; up two spots from Wednesday.

A bright spot for State officials is the number of vaccines coming to Nebraska will keep increasing.

DHHS incident commander Angie Ling said, “We’re expecting an increase in Pfizer and Moderna production, and we’re also anticipating Johnson & Johnson to come out with an EUA.”

If all of this happens, Nebraska hopes begin administering vaccines to the general population as early as April. Like previous phases, it will not be first-come, first-served. It’ll start with people ages 50 to 64.

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