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Pfizer vaccines will be available starting Sept. 29 at our weekly walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The vaccines are available to anyone 12+ years, but those 12-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Clinics are held on Weds. from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the FEMA room at East Central District Health Department, 4321 41st Ave., Columbus.

Las vacunas Pfizer estarán disponibles a partir de sept. 29 en nuestra clínica semanal de vacunas para la COVID-19. Las vacunas están disponibles para cualquier persona de más de 12 años, pero aquellos de 12 a 18 deben estar acompañados por un padre o tutor. Las clínicas se llevan a cabo en los matrimonios. de 10 a. m. a 7 p. m. en la sala FEMA del Departamento de Salud del Distrito Este Central, 4321 41st Ave., Columbus.

COVID-19 Vaccines Sign Up and Information

The new Nebraska platform for signing up for COVID-19 vaccines, Microsoft's Vaccine Registration and Administration Solution (VRAS), is now live.  You can register by visiting

If you need assistance registering, please call the NE State Vaccine hotline at (833) 998-2275 or (531) 249-1873.

If you do not have a phone, please enter the following Nebraska Hotline number, (531) 249-1873.  If you do not have an email address, enter the following

Information on the State’s vaccine program can be found at

La nueva plataforma de Nebraska para registrarse para las vacunas COVID-19, la Solución de Administración y Registro de Vacunas de Microsoft (VRAS), ya está disponible. Los de habla hispana deben registrarse en   

Si necesita ayuda para registrarse, llame a la línea directa de vacunas del estado de NE al (833) 998-2275 o (531) 249-1873.

Si no tiene un teléfono, ingrese el siguiente número de la línea directa de Nebraska, (531) 249-1873. Si no tiene un de correo electrónico, ingrese el siguiente correo de

Se puede encontrar información sobre el programa de vacunas del estado en

Persons needing an accommodation can call East Central District Health Department’s COVID-19 line at (402) 562-8960.

Las personas que necesiten un alojamiento pueden llamar a la línea COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud del Distrito Este Central al (402) 562-8960.


  • Q: I had COVID-19. Do I need the vaccine?

    A:  We recommend you receive the vaccine, even if you have already had COVID-19.

    The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus is new, we do not know how long natural immunity might last.

    The CDC reports that some early evidence suggests that natural immunity may not last very long. Getting the vaccine, even if you already had COVID-19, will help you protect yourself and others.

  • Q: What does fully vaccinated mean for me?

    A:  In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

    If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

    Fully vaccinated people can:

    • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
    • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
    • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
    • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
    • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
    • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible
    • For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
    • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
    • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
    • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
    • Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings
    • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
    • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Scheduling and Reminders

Vaccine Safety

  • Q: Is the vaccine safe?

    A:  The vaccines are safe and effective. The FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place that ensure the safety, effectiveness, and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. Throughout the entire process, the vaccines were evaluated for their safety and efficacy. Individuals should feel confident in receiving the vaccines.

    Both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine have been shown in late-stage vaccine trials to be safe and very effective - 94.5% and 95% effective, respectively. We encourage all individuals to receive the vaccine when it becomes available to them.

  • Q: Was the vaccine rushed?

    A:  No, the vaccine went through all the usual FDA-required assessments and regulatory processes.

    With scientists and manufacturers around the world all focusing on combating COVID-19, parts of the vaccine production and manufacturing process were run concurrently. The FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine is as safe and effective as any other FDA-approved vaccine.

  • Q: Are there side effects to any of the vaccines?

    A:  As with all vaccines or any medication, there are chances of side effects. For updated information on common side effects, please visit  

What Do I Do After My Vaccination?

More Information

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

Your participation in CDC’s v–safe makes a difference — it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe.  Learn more about V-safe here.

What is Emergency Use Authorization? (EUA)