Working with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is offering its employees access to COVID-19 vaccination.
The local health department is including the education sector in the county’s Phase 1B vaccination program. A registry portal is available for all university employees — including instructor, staff and student employees — living or working in Lancaster County.
“As greater vaccine supplies become available, and LLCHD is able to move into vaccinating the education sector, you will be notified by LLCHD to schedule a vaccination appointment,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said in a Feb. 16 email. “Vaccinations will not be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals will be invited to schedule their appointment based on their age, underlying health conditions and selected level of on-campus activity.”
In the portal university employees who register should select “higher education” and then, “UNL.” This will open a selection from three categories that reflect an employee’s level of activity on campus. Those levels are:
- Currently require to be all/mostly in-person on campus
- Currently somewhat remote, but a greater in-person presence is optimal; and
- Currently all/mostly remote.
Priority will be given to individuals needed for an on-campus presence.
Employees who live and work outside of Lancaster County should follow vaccination protocols of their local public health district.
Those employees who have previously registered with LLCHD and/or the State of Nebraska registry — primarily those age 65 or older and/or those with underlying health conditions that increase susceptibility to COVID-19 — should also register through the university registry.
The portal will be open to university employees for one week, closing at 4 p.m. Feb. 24.
The Phase 1B vaccination schedule does not include students who are not university employees. University leaders are working with the local health department to align a vaccination opportunity for students. Details will be announced.
Students age 18 or older with medical conditions placing them at high risk for COVID-19 should register with the State of Nebraska and Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
“We will continue to keep our community apprised on the availability of vaccinations and any changed to our COVID-19 testing programs,” Green said.