Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is committed to providing resources to members and the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. View the company’s latest updates below:

Member outreach

BCBSNE has called more than 560 members who are 65 and older to encourage them to talk to their doctors about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We want to make sure that our members have the most current information and instructions available on how to get their vaccinations to assist in better protection against the virus,” Nan Carmody, BCBSNE manager of case management, said. “It’s especially important we reach our 65+ population, who’re more vulnerable to the virus and currently eligible for vaccination.”

Vaccine registration

BCBSNE encourages all state residents to sign up to be notified through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ registration portal when they’re eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.

To learn more about the registration process, visit DHHS’ website or read this article.

The importance of immunization

Dr. Josette Gordon-Simet, chief medical officer at Think Whole Person Healthcare, said the practice encourages its patients to receive the vaccine.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is part of a multi-pronged approach to fighting the pandemic,” she said. “It provides a person the ability to create the antibodies without having to get sick. The vaccination effects everyone a bit differently, but in my opinion, the benefits outweigh the risks.”

Think Whole Person Healthcare is a vaccination site for Douglas County. Gordon-Simet said vaccinated patients should continue to follow social distancing, hand washing and masking guidelines.

Answers to frequently asked questions

To help Nebraskans find the vaccine information they’re looking for, Robin Leaders, BCBSNE clinical pharmacist, and Dr. Andrew Russell, BCBSNE medical director, provided answers to frequently asked questions in two video interviews.

Watch the video below to discover the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, why two doses are needed, when the general public can expect to be vaccinated and more.

Play this second video to learn more about vaccine guidelines, what the shot will cost and additional details.

For the latest information on BCBSNE’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, view this article. Read more articles like this one at Health and Wellness.