Aug 17, 2021

PPHD: Panhandle sees slight uptick in vaccination, 120 more cases announced

Posted Aug 17, 2021 1:15 PM


The Panhandle is seeing a slight uptick in people getting COVID vaccinated. As COVID cases and hospitalizations increase in the area, vaccination remains one of the best protections against the virus. Don’t wait, COVID vaccines are highly accessible throughout the Panhandle and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued updated vaccine recommendations.

COVID Vaccines for Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future

COVID vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnancy, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID.

COVID Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose if vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer. This includes people who have:

  1. Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  2. Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  3. Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  4. Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  5. Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  6. Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. A doctor’s order is not required. There is no current recommendation for people vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccinations have protection against all known variants, including Delta. For any youth age 12 and older preparing to return to school, make sure getting your COVID vaccine is on the list. COVID vaccine is available across the Panhandle. There is no charge for the vaccine.

  1. Box Butte/Grant: |
  2. Walk-ins welcome
  3. Dave's Pharmacy Hemingford & Alliance, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5:30 PM (Pfizer 2 PM- 5:30 PM)
  4. Alliance Community Pharmacy, Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM - 6 PM
  5. Cheyenne/Deuel: | |
  6. Walk-ins welcome
  7. During COVID clinic hours visit for days and hours
  8. Dawes/Sioux: | |
  9. Walk-ins welcome
  10. Western Community Health Resources, Monday-Friday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  11. Garden: To schedule an appointment visit - provider will call you
  12. Walk-ins welcome
  13. Regional West Garden County Clinic Front Desk, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
  14. Kimball:
  15. Walk-ins welcome
  16. Kimball Health Services, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM
  17. Morrill:
  18. Walk-ins welcome
  19. Morrill County Hospital Clinic, Wednesdays, 8 AM - 4 PM
  20. Sheridan:
  21. Walk-ins welcome
  22. Gordon Rural Health Clinic, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
  23. Scotts Bluff/Banner: | | |
  24. Walk-ins welcome
  25. Gering CAPWN Health Center, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-12 PM & 1 PM-4 PM
  26. Scottsbluff County Immunization Clinic, Monday-Friday, 9:40 AM-12:30 PM & 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

If you are homebound or have a condition that makes it hard for you to access a COVID vaccine, please call Kim Engel at 308-633-2866 ext 101.

People who are fully COVID vaccinated will not be required to quarantine due to close contact. If you have lost your COVID vaccine card, go to

Unified Command confirms 120 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle since last reporting on Monday, August 10.

March 2, 2020-August 16, 2021

  1. Total Tests Conducted: 43,419
  2. Positive: 9,570
  3. Last 14 days (active) cases: 165
  4. Last week’s cases: 102
  5. Last week’s positivity rate: 4.9%
  6. Deaths: 198
  7. Deaths Pending Verification: 5
  8. Active Hospitalizations: 9
  9. Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 565

Nebraska ended the state testing program Test Nebraska on July 18, 2021. Current COVID testing access can be found at

The Panhandle COVID dashboard is updated on Mondays & Thursdays by 4:30 pm MT and available at For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit