COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

Many pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and clinics now offer COVID-19 vaccine. Any COVID-19 vaccine provider can give both primary and booster shots.  To find a COVID-19 vaccine pharmacy provider by zip code and vaccine type, go to Vaccine Finder from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you need assistance with this website, call 1-800-232-0233.

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department continues to offer vaccine clinics at our office in Papillion. Special outreach clinics are also happening in various locations.


Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine boosters are authorized for some people listed below. At this time, 6-month boosters are only available for people who received Pfizer vaccine for their first two doses. The FDA and CDC will review data in the coming weeks about Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Read the CDC’s full press release here. 

Pfizer boosters are available from any COVID-19 vaccine provider who carries Pfizer vaccine.  This includes local pharmacies and the Health Department clinics.  You do not need documentation or a doctor's note to get a booster.

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. 

People who are now eligible for Pfizer vaccine boosters:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks*; and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks*.

*To help understand your individual benefits and risks, a conversation with your trusted healthcare provider may be helpful, but is not required.


Who can get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. More details are on the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People webpage. If you are immunocompromised and your doctor recommends an additional dose, you can get it at any current COVID-19 vaccine provider. This includes local pharmacies and the Health Department clinics. The additional dose should be the same brand as your first 2 doses, and at least 28 days after your second dose. You do not need documentation or a doctor’s note to get an additional dose.

Please note: additional doses of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not recommended at this time. Pfizer and Moderna boosters for the general public are currently under review by the FDA and CDC.  When both agencies have released guidance, more information will be made available. SCHD is working on plans to ensure timely access for everyone who wants a booster when they are eligible.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Many pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and clinics now offer COVID-19 vaccine! To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider by zip code and vaccine type, go to Vaccine Finder from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you need assistance with this website, call 1-800-232-0233.

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department continues to offer vaccine clinics at our office in Papillion. Special outreach clinics are also happening in various locations.

 

How do I schedule a vaccination appointment?

Contact the clinic where you want to get the vaccine.  Many clinics and pharmacies are now accepting walk-ins.  The Health Department cannot schedule appointments at other pharmacies, doctor's offices or hospitals.  If you wish to get vaccinated at the Health Department clinic, schedule an appointment online or come as a walk-in.  For people with disabilities and/or older adults who are homebound, please call our office at 402-339-4334 option 1 or email Marianne Toledo at [email protected] to review options for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.


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

Contact the clinic where you received the vaccine. The clinic will have records of the vaccine type and the date the vaccine was administered.  Not all clinics in Nebraska utilize the same database for vaccination records, so the Health Department may not be able to replace a card for vaccine given at other clinics.

Your healthcare provider may also be able to look up your vaccination records and create a vaccination card.

You can retrieve your immunization record history yourself through the Nebraska State Immunization Information System.

If you attended a Health Department clinic and need to replace your vaccination card, please 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 is only able to recreate a vaccination card for residents who received their vaccine through the Health Department, not at any other clinic.


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 an 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

Pfizer Standing Order for 12-15 Year Olds

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

Sarpy/Cass COVID-19 Dashboard

How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations