Omaha Elderly Community Age 55+ Explains How To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Questions have recently arisen as to why a facility in metropolitan Omaha was able to vaccinate some residents younger than the county’s current age.

Nebraska, which is slated to receive 21% more doses of COVID-19 vaccine, is undoubtedly good news for local health officials asking for more, as the new phase of admissions this week applies to people aged 80 and over.

This weekend, residents of a senior citizens’ residence in West Omaha for active adults 55 and over will receive their second dose of the COVID vaccine. Some locals wonder: how did they get the vaccine now that Douglas County is only in its 80-and-older stage?

Avidor Omaha on 132nd and Pacific Streets opened at the height of the pandemic – around Thanksgiving.

Months ago, the parent company, with 18 facilities across the country (most of them in Florida), applied for and received permission to be part of the national pharmacy program, which means their vaccinations are segregated from the state dose allocation.

“Although we say we are over 55 years old, we don’t have anyone under 70,” said Chris Shupe. “If it weren’t available to the residents here, they could still go to a clinic and get the vaccine.”

On Sunday, 23 residents between the ages of 72 and 94 will receive their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine from CVS Pharmacy, as will a handful of employees.

“They consider themselves in the age group. They’re just lucky to have it delivered here and they don’t have to get in a car and go anywhere, ”Shupe said. “You don’t think it’ll jump over the line. They consider themselves to be in the same age group and are. ”

Another clinic, set up this week by the Douglas County Health Department and operated by Nebraska Medicine, targeted the population 80 years and older on Thursday.

Robert and Judy McMaster were among them.

“I want to be protected from the virus. That’s what it’s about, ”said Robert.

“I have a new grandchild that I didn’t hold. I really want to hold her tight – and see her giggle, ”Judy said.

Many are hoping more doses will come into the state, which will speed up the slow vaccination process for our vulnerable seniors.

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