VACCINES: Data shows Nebraska using less than half its recent allotment

As of June 9, roughly 44% of all Nebraskans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As of June 9, roughly 44% of all Nebraskans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.(KOLN / City of Lincoln)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:34 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Despite falling COVID-19 vaccination numbers, Nebraska will get another 99,520 doses of the vaccine for the week ending June 13, according to DHHS. That includes 57,600 doses of Pfizer and 41,920 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Nebraska hasn’t received a shipment of Johnson & Johnson since the week ending May 9.

In fact, Nebraska has received between 90,000 and 100,000 combined vaccine doses every week since mid April.

The State admits it’s wasting vaccines; calling them a “natural outcome” as vaccines become more widely available. In a press release from Wednesday night, DHHS said every effort is made to reduce wastage, but there will be a rise in wasted doses because fewer mass clinics are needed.

10/11 NOW crunched the numbers, which shows between the dates of May 10 and June 6 (the most recent four-week stretch with complete data) Nebraska received 393,240 vaccine doses to distribute to federally-qualified health centers, community based clinics and tribal health care centers.

Over that same period, according to data on the DHHS Vaccine Dashboard, the State administered 169,796 doses, or roughly 43% of the total number of doses received over the four-week stretch.

As of June 9, 44.3% of all Nebraskans have been fully vaccinated.

While the State said wasted doses are a natural outcome, it doesn’t mean all of those doses are being thrown in the trash.

According to the CDC, unpunctured vials of both Moderna and Pfizer can be stored for up to a month at refrigerated temperatures.

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