COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

Click here to make an appointment for a Health Department clinic.

Most pharmacies, many doctor's offices and clinics now administer COVID-19 vaccines. A list of locations is on the My Turn webpage.  

To search for a COVID-19 vaccine provider by zip code and vaccine type, go to Vaccine Finder website.  If you need assistance with this website, call 1-800-232-0233.


Who is offering Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old children?

Many pharmacies, pediatricians, and family practice offices now offer Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11 years.  Contact your pediatrician or neighborhood pharmacy,  Contact your pediatrician or neighborhood pharmacy directly to find out when they will start offering this vaccine, or search for a provider on www.vaccines.gov. The Health Department is partnering with schools to offer many vaccine clinic opportunities. A helpful list of vaccine locations is on the My Turn webpage.  


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 5-11 year old Pfizer 12+ Moderna Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
Primary vaccine regimen

Age 5-11

Two doses, at least 21 days apart

Age 12+

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

N/A

Age 12+

At least 28 days after second dose

Age 18+

At least 28 days after second dose

 

N/A

Booster dose

See CDC Recommendations

N/A

Age 18+*

6 months after second dose

Age 18+*

6 months after second dose

Age 18+*

At least 2 months after initial dose

 

*Boosters are only authorized for persons aged 18 years and older. Adolescents who received a primary series of Pfizer vaccine are not yet eligible for boosters; as more data becomes available, this recommendation may be updated.


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.  For boosters, the FDA and CDC now allow recipients to choose which vaccine they receive for the booster dose. Talk with your primary care provider to discuss your individual risks and benefits of different vaccine products. Due to the slightly increased risk of rare side effects, women age 18-49 and men age 50-64 who received J&J for their primary regimen may consider Pfizer or Moderna a safer option for their booster dose, and men age 18-30 who received Pfizer or Moderna for their primary regimen may consider J&J a safer option for their booster dose.  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.

If the clinic is unable to replace the vaccine card, or 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

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


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:

Pfizer 5-11.pdf 

Pfizer 12 and Over.pdf

Moderna.pdf

Janssen.pdf