Nebraska vaccinated more than 120,000 for virus last week

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — More than 120,000 Nebraskans were vaccinated for the coronavirus last week, which was up from roughly 106,000 the week before.

The state has now opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, but health officials in Lancaster County are still prioritizing older residents at this point. More than one quarter of all Nebraskans over age 16 have been vaccinated.

But the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska has risen over the past two weeks from 259.71 new cases per day on March 21 to 486.43 new cases per day on Sunday.

And the number of people hospitalized with the virus in the state has crept up to 148 over the past week after bottoming out at 102 on March 29.


The state said Tuesday that 212,257 cases and 2,183 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

Nearly 350,000 Nebraskans have registered with the state online to receive the vaccine.