Nebraska COVID-19 vaccination doses expiring soon

Tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccination doses are set to expire at the end of August.

In the early days, the idea was to make as much vaccine as possible, but now that vaccinations have slowed, unused doses are piling up.

The state of Nebraska has administered close to 2 million COVID-19 vaccination doses so far.

That amounts to 93 percent of its allocation, meaning there are 124,000 doses still waiting to be used before the vaccine reaches its limited shelf life.

At the end of August, 45,000 of the state's Pfizer doses will expire and will need to be disposed of like regular medical waste.

The deadline has vaccination teams doubling their efforts to reach the unvaccinated.