Health systems ready for vaccine when it arrives – KETV Omaha

Four freezers are empty now at Nebraska Medicine, waiting for the precious cargo of the COVID-19 vaccine.”We are preparing to receive as little as 10 vaccines or as many as thousands of vaccines. And so we’re just working to make plans that are very flexible so that we can pivot on a dime, if needed,” said Nebraska Medicine Director of Infection Control Nicole Skinner.The freezers can hold 20,000 doses. Room for what Nebraska Medicine needs and for other smaller communities who do not have the ultra low freezer capabilities.According to the state distribution guidelines, health care workers will be the first in line. Nebraska Medicine has 15,000 workers, so it has to balance who gets the first doses.”It’s really based on your risk of exposure, with patients who potentially have COVID, or are under investigation for having COVID,” Skinner said.A pair of CHI Health doctors participated in a vaccine study this summer and said the side effects are minimal. “After seeing and taking care of so many patients with COVID-19 infection, the discomfort that I feel for 24 hours is okay if I’m protected and I’m protected towards COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan with CHI Health.Doctors said ideally, 70% of the population needs to get vaccinated but admit any number is better than zero to save lives.They encourage everyone to get vaccinated when it becomes available to the public.”You could see how we all do in the next few months before the general public gets the vaccine, and then you’ll get more information,” Vivekanandan said. “You could get more testimonies and how people are doing, so I think that’ll also build some confidence in the general public to get the vaccine.”

Four freezers are empty now at Nebraska Medicine, waiting for the precious cargo of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are preparing to receive as little as 10 vaccines or as many as thousands of vaccines. And so we’re just working to make plans that are very flexible so that we can pivot on a dime, if needed,” said Nebraska Medicine Director of Infection Control Nicole Skinner.

The freezers can hold 20,000 doses. Room for what Nebraska Medicine needs and for other smaller communities who do not have the ultra low freezer capabilities.

According to the state distribution guidelines, health care workers will be the first in line. Nebraska Medicine has 15,000 workers, so it has to balance who gets the first doses.

“It’s really based on your risk of exposure, with patients who potentially have COVID, or are under investigation for having COVID,” Skinner said.

A pair of CHI Health doctors participated in a vaccine study this summer and said the side effects are minimal.

“After seeing and taking care of so many patients with COVID-19 infection, the discomfort that I feel for 24 hours is okay if I’m protected and I’m protected towards COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan with CHI Health.

Doctors said ideally, 70% of the population needs to get vaccinated but admit any number is better than zero to save lives.

They encourage everyone to get vaccinated when it becomes available to the public.

“You could see how we all do in the next few months before the general public gets the vaccine, and then you’ll get more information,” Vivekanandan said. “You could get more testimonies and how people are doing, so I think that’ll also build some confidence in the general public to get the vaccine.”