City of Lincoln and Lancaster County Coronavirus (COVID-19) - How to Help

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine plays a critical role in providing protection against the virus, preventing illness and saving lives. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is following CDC and State of Nebraska guidelines to distribute the vaccine. We are committed to ensuring that everyone who lives, works or learns in Lincoln and Lancaster County can receive a vaccine. Sign up now to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.

All residents age 12 and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
  • Monday, September 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD, 3131 “O” St. – first and second doses
  • Wednesday, September 29, 4 to 6 p.m., LLCHD – first and second doses
  • Friday, October 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LLCHD – first and second doses

Check availability and schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration and Scheduling

Sign up and schedule your appointment

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Third Doses for People With Weakened Immune Systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people with weakened immune systems, like those receiving cancer treatment or who have had an organ transplant. These individuals are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and may benefit from an additional dose to ensure they have as much protection as possible.

Learn more about who needs an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine: COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People - CDC. People should also talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and several local pharmacies are providing third doses. Find upcoming clinics in the Upcoming Vaccine Clinics section on this page or by calling 402-441-8006. Find a pharmacy near you at vaccines.gov or by texting your ZIP code to 438829.

Booster Doses

Booster doses are different than third doses and they are now available for certain groups. A booster is for people with normal immune systems, and it helps “boost” the existing protection a person already has against a disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster dose.
  • People 50–64 years old with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster dose.
  • People 18–49 years old with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People 18-64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks.

Booster dose recommendations only apply to people who have received two doses of Pfizer vaccine. The booster dose will be given at least six months after the second dose.

COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death. But it is common for protection from vaccines to decrease over time. A booster dose helps enhance the existing protection a person already has.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will be providing Pfizer booster doses by appointment only through designated booster clinics and will be using an approach similar to the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccine – moving through age and priority groups in stages.

LLCHD will be contacting people in eligible groups by email or phone to schedule an appointment for their booster.

Several local pharmacies are also providing booster doses. Find a pharmacy near you at vaccines.gov or by texting your Zip code to 438829.

Potential booster dose recommendations for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are still being determined and LLCHD will provide more information once it becomes available.

Learn more about booster doses: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot - CDC.

COVID-19 Variants

Viruses constantly change and a variant is a new form of a virus. COVID-19 variants have been found in the United States and several have been identified in Nebraska. The delta variant is now the most frequently identified variant in both Nebraska and Lancaster County. Science shows the delta variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants and it’s more likely to cause severe disease, particularly in those who are unvaccinated. Health officials urge residents to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. Vaccination continues to be the best defense against the delta variant and helps prevent severe illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in our community. If you are unvaccinated, continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.

To learn more about variants, visit Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 - CDC.

You Are Fully Vaccinated. Now What?

You're considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Learn more about what you can do once you're fully vaccinated and why it's important to keep taking precautions in many situations by visiting When You've Been Fully Vaccinated - CDC.

Lancaster County residents can track the progress of COVID-19 vaccine efforts at lincoln.ne.gov/COVID19dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for You and Your Family