The great vaccine hunt: Nebraskans scramble to schedule their COVID shots | Health and Fitness

David Kohll, a pharmacist at Kohll, said he had seen great interest in the vaccine since the program began.

“It’s just constant,” he said.

At the four pharmacy locations in Omaha, Kohll said, employees administered between 850 and 1,000 vaccines every day. He expects Kohll’s pharmacies to receive additional doses of the vaccine soon.

It won’t be long, he said, before all of the Nebraskans who want the vaccine can get a dose.

“Everyone works hard and does a good job to get everyone vaccinated,” said Kohll. “I think Nebraskans are doing fine overall.”


Hannah Elisabeth Hippen gets her first COVID-19 shot on Monday from Sister Sara Wiese in Kohll’s pharmacy near 127th and Q. A change on Monday allows Nebraskans to schedule vaccination appointments in other counties that are available.


A Kearney woman who describes herself as a “stealth vaccine hunter” said she had helped her friends track down the doses available. The woman, who was fully vaccinated, said that if she found out about the availability of COVID vaccines at a certain point, she would post comments on Facebook or text her friends.

Local Hy-Vee pharmacies have also been busy with vaccinations, spokeswoman Christina Gayman said Monday, and officials expect interest to surge after age requirements are lowered. Every week, she said, stores are getting more doses of the vaccine.

“We’re just asking people to be patient,” Gayman said. “We will open appointments as soon as we receive them. Rest assured, we are working as hard as possible. “

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