CDC pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine 4-13-2021

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The following statement is attributed to Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given.

CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at icon.

CDC and FDA will provide additional information and answer questions later today at a media briefing. A recording of that media call will be available on the FDA’s YouTube channel.

18+ are eligible to sign up for Covid 19 Vaccines starting 3/29/21!

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program Able To Vaccinate 18 And Older

For Immediate Release: 3/26/2021

Rich Jefferson, (531) 530-7522,
Khalilah LeGrand, (402) 471-9313,

LINCOLN – With a number of Nebraska’s pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, starting Monday, March 29 these entities will be able to vaccinate residents 18 and older. These sites are all accessible to the public and still vaccinating individuals in the current priority phase, 2A to include 65 and older, along with frontline essential workers in healthcare, EMS, first responders, teachers K-12, grocery workers, public transit workers, law enforcement, childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and corrections officers/staff.

Doses available at pharmacy locations are in addition to the state’s weekly allocation of first and second doses being administered by Nebraska’s 19 local health departments. Some parts of the state are already vaccinating younger ages and can decrease the age to ensure that schedules remain full. State Directed Health Measure (DHM) changes that will go into effect Monday, March 29 at 12:00 a.m. consist of the following changes to the Federal Retail Pharmacy program requirements:

  • Removing the targeted age groups and critical infrastructure worker criteria, Retail Pharmacy Program partners criteria will be adjusted to allow them to vaccinate anyone 18 and older
  • Removing the requirement for Retail Pharmacy Program partners to coordinating scheduling with their respective local health departments and use the state designated COVID-19 vaccine registration and scheduling system.

While more pharmacies could become eligible in the future, the full list of pharmacies is as follows:

  • 113 South 4th  St., Albion NE 68620 – Wells Drug
  • 2409 Box Butte Ave., Alliance NE 69301 – Alliance Community Pharmacy
  • 1401 Silver St., Ashland NE 68003 – Ashland Pharmacy Inc.
  • 501 Court St., Beatrice NE 68310 – Clabaugh Pharmacy
  • 1882 Holly St., Blair NE 68008 – Walmart
  • 510 Linden St., Chadron NE 69337 – Walmart
  • 818 E 23RD St., Columbus NE 68601 – Walmart
  • 1800 E 29TH St., Crete NE 68333 – Walmart
  • 1003 S Main St. Ste 2, Emerson NE 68733 – Emerson Apothecary
  • 2831 Highway 15, Fairbury NE 68352 – Walmart
  • 3010 E 23RD St., Fremont NE 68025 – Walmart
  • 1014 G St., Geneva NE 68361 – Weaver Pharmacy
  • 1021 W 14TH, Hastings NE 68901 – Bert’s Prescription Pharmacy
  • 3803 Osborn Dr., W Hastings NE 68901 – Walmart
  • 2706 2ND Ave. Ste A, Kearney NE 68847 – Medicap Pharmacy #8342
  • 5411 2ND Ave., Kearney NE 68847 – Walmart
  • 133 S 7TH St., Loup City NE 68853 – Loup City RX Shoppe
  • 200 Frontier St., Lexington NE 68850 – Walmart
  • 1902 W B St., McCook NE 69001 – Walmart
  • 2101 S 11TH St., Nebraska City NE 68410 – Walmart
  • 2400 W Pasewalk Ave., Norfolk NE 68701 – Walmart
  • 1401 S Dewey St., North Platte NE 69101 – Walmart
  • 201 Pony Express Lane, Ogallala NE 69153 – Walmart
  • 15615 Pacific St. Suite 8, Omaha NE 668118 – Medicine Man Pharmacy
  • 710 West Center Road, Omaha NE 68106 – Think Aksarben Pharmacy LLC
  • 825 North 90th St., Omaha NE 68114 – ViaRx
  • 317 East Douglas St., O’Neill NE 68763 – O’Neill Family Pharmacy
  • 3322 Ave. I, Scottsbluff NE 69361 – Walmart
  • 1601 Cornhusker Dr., South Sioux City NE 68776 – Walmart
  • 803 Providence Road Ste 101, Wayne NE 68787 – Providence Medical Center
  • 1024 Ave. E Ste 100, Pender NE 68791 – Wisner Apothecary
  • 101 E David Dr., York NE 68467 – Walmart

Recently Added Pharmacies

  • 2510 Bellevue Md. Ctr. Dr. Ste 100, Bellevue NE 68123 – The Nebraska Medical Center Bellevue Pharmacy
  • 422 5TH St., David City NE 68632 – David City Discount Pharmacy
  • 115 Wilmar Ave., Grand Island NE 68803 – Hy-Vee Pharmacy
  • 500 N Hastings Ave., Hastings NE 68901 – Keith’s Drive In Drug
  • 1221 N Cotner Blvd. Ste 1, Lincoln NE 68505 (Relycare Pharmacy)
  • 5010 O St., Lincoln NE 68510 (Hy-Vee Pharmacy)
  • 5150 Center, Omaha NE 68106 NE – Hy-Vee Pharmacy
  • 1000 South 178th St., Omaha NE 68118 – Hy-Vee Pharmacy
  • 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha NE 68137 – Hy-Vee Pharmacy
  • 4014 Leavenworth St., Omaha NE 68198 – Nebraska Medicine Pharmacy at Lauritzen Outpatient Center
  • 2915 Leavenworth St., Omaha NE 68105 – Kohll’s Rx
  • 1429 M St., Ord NE 68862 – Anderson Pharmacy
  • 11650 S. 73RD St., Papillion NE 68046 – Hy-Vee Pharmacy
  • 412 S 13th St. Ste. A, Tekamah NE 68061 – Tekamah Drug Company

Opening up the age range for this program allows Nebraskans to visit a pharmacy anywhere regardless of jurisdiction and speeds up vaccination efforts across the state.  For example, if a resident in one district wants to schedule an appointment for vaccination in another county that has availability, they can. Those interested in being vaccinated should check with surrounding pharmacies for scheduling ability as allocations and availability may differ based on demand.

Walmart Kohll’s  and Hy-Vee  are among pharmacies in Nebraska that currently have public scheduling portals. Individuals can also register on the state site, at Vaccinate.Ne.Gov .  Registration for a COVID-19 vaccine allows individuals to receive updates, scheduling information and follow-up reminders about vaccination, as supplies are made available in their area. Pharmacies are to coordinate with their local health department to help ensure doses are distributed appropriately to currently eligible populations, as supplies are available.

DHHS continues to share COVID-19 and vaccine information via its Coronavirus website, as well as Facebook and Twitter. The DHHS COVID-19 information line is available to help answer questions on COVID-19 or vaccination. Available by calling (531) 249-1873 or (833) 998-2275, the line is staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. Relay calls for deaf and hard of hearing and Language Line access is available.

65+ and educators can sign up online now

We are having online scheduling for those 65 years of age and older plus educators.  We currently have Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Covid Vaccines.  Here are EUA’s of each to make an informed decision.  Moderna does require a second appointment for the booster 28 days later.  We will verify at your first appointment.  Janssen is just a one shot vaccine.  We ask that you bring your driver’s license and MedicareB (red white and blue) card or insurance card.  If you do not have insurance, you will still be able to receive it at no cost.

Janssen EUA

Moderna EUA

1st Vaccine for Moderna Online signup is

Janssen Johnson& Johnson Covid Vaccine online signup is



Wow! So much is changing daily, so I will post what I know – The only constant is change! We have been selected as a tier 1 Covid-19 Vaccinating Pharmacy! Because of the demand (thank goodness) we are having a Wait List Signup that can be found on our homepage. Just click on it and it will lead you right to the correct site to add your contact information. We will contact you when a) we get the vaccine b) you are eligible by the State of Nebraska protocol guidelines. It is a good day when we can get vaccines in people’s arms! Let’s do this!