Nebraska will not participate in a vaccine passport program. That's according to Governor Pete Ricketts, who made the announcement yesterday afternoon. Ricketts says a vaccine passport program would go against the "freedom of movement and healthcare privacy."
Nebraska’s public health districts will be allowed to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents who are at least 16 years old starting next week if they have an adequate supply of doses. Gov. Ricketts says the regional districts will have the option to do so starting Monday. State officials will let them decide whether they have enough open appointments and doses. Some rural public health districts have already started vaccinating that age group, but the wait will be a bit longer in Nebraska’s most populated cities. Douglas County, encompassing Omaha, will offer vaccinations to residents who are at least 45 years old starting Thursday.