The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is currently vaccinating people 16 years and older.
Any Sarpy or Cass County resident aged 16 years and older is eligible to receive a vaccine.
In Nebraska, the age of majority is 19 years of age. Anyone under the age of 19 who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of the vaccination appointment.
Information about Pfizer vaccine eligibility:
- Must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the vaccination appointment because of the emergency use authorization age requirement of the Pfizer vaccine.
Information about Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine eligibility:
- Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the vaccination appointment because of the emergency use authorization age requirement of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Veterans can get vaccinated through the Omaha VAMC
- Visit this link: Sign up to get a vaccine | Veterans Affairs. After submitting an application, you will receive a text, email or phone call about your appointment time. If your application is denied, call the Omaha VAMC Eligibility Office at 402-995-4050.
- Go to the Omaha VA Medical Center Eligibility Office at 4101 Woolworth Ave. in Omaha and complete an application form. You will then be scheduled for your vaccine. For questions, call the Eligibility Office at 402-995-4050.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know I am eligible to receive the vaccine?
The best way to make sure you know when you are eligible is to register for the state’s vaccination eligibility notifications. Register at vaccinate.ne.gov. If you pre-registered with the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, you do not need to register with the state.
When you are eligible, you will receive an email or phone call from the Health Department with information about where and how to make an appointment.
We will also provide eligibility information to local media and post it on the Sarpy/Cass Health Department website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
• Website: SarpyCassHealthDepartment.org
• Facebook: Facebook.com/SarpyCassHealth
• Twitter: Twitter.com/SarpyCassHealth
Read the full COVID-19 vaccine FAQ here.
When you have been fully vaccinated
On March 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. If you have been fully vaccinated:
- You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those individuals are at an increased risk for several illness from COVID-19.
- You should still take precautions like wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others in public spaces.
Note: Per the CDC, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, or two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
See the CDC's full guidance here.
Emergency rental, utilities assistance available through state
The State of Nebraska is accepting applications for the Nebraska Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, which will assist low-income individuals who need help paying their rent or utilities due to COVID-19 financial hardship.
Residents of Sarpy County may apply for these funds, but please review the program website to see if you are eligibile. The program is for renters with a lease agreement, not homeowners. Funds may be used for rent and utilities (electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash services, etc.) expenses up to $20,000.
Emergency rental assistance is available to landlords, too. Find more information about how to submit an application here.
You can visit the application website directly by clicking here. Answers to frequently asked questions are available here. For more information, call +1-833-500-8810.
New COVID-19 quarantine guidance
People who are fully vaccinated (have received both shots) and have had a close contact with someone with COVID-19 should self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 14 days when in public. People in this scenario are not required to quarantine.
Mask requirements in cities
Three cities in Sarpy County have enacted mask mandates in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. A fourth city, Bellevue, is strongly encouraging residents to wear a face covering. Read below for the specifics in each jurisdiction.
La Vista – La Vista requires a mask for people age 5 and older when at locations open to the general public. The mask must cover the person’s mouth and nose while indoors when six-feet social distancing can’t be maintained. Find more details here.
Bellevue – The City of Bellevue passed a resolution strongly urging citizens and visitors to wear face coverings. Bellevue also urged all business owners to require face coverings. For more information, visit the City of Bellevue’s website.
Directed Health Measures: Updated March 1, 2021
Nebraska is in the “green” phase of its pandemic plan. This phase restores indoor gatherings, including youth extracurricular activities, to 100% capacity. Social distancing at these events is recommended.
Please note: Plans for reopening or expanding to 100% capacity must be submitted to and approved by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for all locations/venues/events that hold 500 or more people. Your plan must include your expected number of guests, how the location will allow for social distancing and your sanitation plans. Submit your plans at sarpycasshealthdepartment.org
The state relaxed restrictions and moved to the “green” phase because the percentage of hospital beds filled by COVID-19 patients has been fewer than 10% for a 7-day rolling average.
See the following chart from the Governor’s Office for more information (View as PDF):
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contacts. Stay 6 feet away from people who don't live in your household.
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings.
- Wash your hands often. It's especially important to wash before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, after leaving a public place, after handling your mask, after coughing or sneezing, after blowing your nose, after changing a diaper. After caring for someone sick, or after touching animals or pets.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious or chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. People in these higher-risk groups should:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- When you go out in public, maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others and wear a cloth face mask.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Stay away from others who are sick.
- Wash your hands often.
Interactive dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases in Sarpy and Cass
You can view detailed information about cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County on our interactive dashboard. View the dashboard here.
The dashboard shows not only the number of cases by location, but also breaks down the number of active cases, type of transmission, hospitalizations, positivity rates and more. You can also watch the cases and recoveries progress over time.
View a statewide COVID-19 dashboard here.
Sheriff’s Office will help pickup food and medication for seniors, caregivers
Do you need help picking up groceries or medication? The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Sarpy County Human Services continue to provide such assistance for older and ill residents during the COVID-19 pandemic event.
Seniors, people who are sick and caretakers of people in these demographics in Sarpy County can call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at (402) 593-1593. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked cruiser will then pick up and deliver medication, food or other necessities from one of the partnering establishments.
To reduce contact and the spread of COVID-19, Deputies will use drive-thrus when available. They will leave residents’ items at the door and wait to leave until the items are retrieved.
The following grocery stores/pharmaceutical providers are participating in this program:
- Walgreens – all five Sarpy locations. (Pharmacy orders)
- Walmart – 72nd and Centennial. (Pharmacy and groceries)
- Target – 84th and Centennial. (Pharmacy and groceries)
- Baker’s – 36th & Twin Creek and 801 Galvin Road. (Pharmacy and groceries)
- Hyvee – all three Sarpy locations. (Groceries only)
- Springfield Drug – Springfield. (Pharmacy only)
- Kohlls Pharmacy – 1413 Washington Street Suite 125 and 12741 Q Street
- Tri-City Pantry – available to Papillion and La Vista residents
- Gretna Neighbors Pantry
- Bellevue Pantry
The helpline will be available for requests Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The helpline is not a substitute for 911 and any threats to life or property should be directed to 911.