COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

Search for a COVID-19 vaccine provider by zip code and vaccine type on the Vaccine Finder website or call 1-800-232-0233.

Click here to make an appointment for a Health Department clinic.  A list of locations is on the My Turn webpage.  
 


Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Visit our COVID-19 Testing page for a list of COVID-19 testing locations.  The Sarpy/Cass Health Department does not do COVID-19 testing.

 


Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

The most up-to-date recommendations can be found on the CDC's Vaccines for COVID-19 webpage.

Special note: Boosters are an important tool to help protect Americans against the coronavirus.  However, it is extremely important to continue vaccinating those who have not yet gotten a COVID-19 shot.  Please take a few minutes to speak with unvaccinated family and friends.  Listen to their questions with empathy, ask open-ended questions, ask permission to share information, help them find their own reason to get vaccinated, and help make their vaccination happen. 

  Pfizer Moderna Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
Primary vaccine regimen

Age 5+

Two doses, at least 21 days apart

Age 18+

Two doses, at least 28 days apart

Age 18+

One dose

Additional dose for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised

See CDC Recommendations

Age 5-11

At least 28 days after second dose

Age 18+

At least 28 days after second dose

 

N/A

Booster dose

See CDC Recommendations

Age 12+

At least 5 months after second dose

Age 18+

At least 5 months after second dose

Age 18+

At least 2 months after initial dose

 


Can I mix and match COVID vaccines? Which booster should I get?

Primary series (first and second doses) must be the same vaccine type. For boosters, FDA and CDC now allow recipients to choose which vaccine they receive for the booster dose. MRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are preferred over Johnson & Johnson. Talk with your primary care provider to discuss your individual risks and benefits of different vaccine products. More information is available on the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots webpage.


How do I schedule a vaccination appointment?

Contact the clinic or pharmacy where you want to get the vaccine.  Due to increased demand, most locations are requiring appointments at this time. For Health Department clinics, schedule an appointment online.  If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, call 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1873. For people who are homebound or have disabilities, please call our office at 402-339-4334 option 1 or email Marianne Toledo at [email protected].


Is the COVID-19 vaccine free? Why does the appointment registration ask for my insurance information?

The COVID-19 vaccines are always FREE. Vaccines were paid for by the federal government and will be given to all people living in the United States, regardless of insurance or immigration status. COVID-19 vaccine providers may ask for insurance information to bill the insurance plan for a vaccine administration fee. However, providers cannot charge you the balance of the bill. They cannot deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage. Learn more from the CDC’s website.


If you need assistance in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine

Please call 402-339-4334 and press option 1.  Or email Marianne Toledo at [email protected].


I lost my COVID-19 vaccine card.  How do I get a replacement?

Follow the steps below:

1. Look up your immunization record history in the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS).  Please note, if your social security number has not been entered into the system, your record will not be found in the search.

If your record is unavailable in the NESIIS search...

2. Contact the clinic where you received the vaccine. The clinic will have records of the vaccine type and the date the vaccine was administered.  You MUST contact the clinic you attended (i.e., pharmacy) to replicate the vaccine card.  The Health Department CANNOT replace cards for residents attending other clinics.

If you attended a Health Department clinic...

3. Email your first and last name, date of birth, and home address to [email protected].  Please allow up to one week to provide you with a replacement vaccination card.  The Health Department may not be able to replace a card for vaccine given at other clinics or pharmacies.


I'm traveling internationally soon.  What COVID-19 vaccination documentation is required?

At this time, airlines and the destination country determine their own vaccination documentation requirements. These vary widely and are changing frequently. If you need documentation in addition to the COVID-19 vaccination card, call our office at 402-339-4334. For information regarding current requirements for masking, testing, and other COVID-19 precautions during travel, the following websites may be helpful:

U.S. Department of State: COVID-19 Traveler Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): International Travel During COVID-19

CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination


Which vaccine should I get? How long does protection last? Is it safe for my child to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Answers to these and other common questions can be found on the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination page and Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine page. If you prefer a non-government source, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University pages also have useful information.  If you have questions that are not answered here, or if you are having difficulties scheduling a vaccination appointment, please call the Sarpy/Cass Department at 402-339-4334 and press 1.  Phones are answered Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. 


Additional vaccine information

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services's COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Sarpy/Cass COVID-19 Dashboard


COVID-19 Vaccine Information Packets

Information specific to different COVID-19 vaccine brands, including CDC fact sheet, how to report adverse reactions, and EUA fact sheet:

Moderna.pdf

Janssen.pdf

Pfizer 5-11.pdf

Pfizer 12 and Over.pdf