COVID-19 Vaccines

A UNMC student gives a fellow student a COVID-19 vaccine.

The University Health Center and Nebraska Medicine do not have vaccines to give to our patients.

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Latest vaccine updates

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted their recommended pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, April 23. Read the joint statement.

If you recently received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please contact your doctor if you develop any of the following symptoms within three weeks of receiving your vaccine:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Severe persistent headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site

How to get the vaccine

If you live in Nebraska:

If you are age 16+, you qualify for COVID-19 vaccination through your county health department. If you live in Lancaster county, schedule through

You can also schedule a COVID-19 vaccination through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Search for and schedule a vaccine appointment on

Vaccine supply is limited. Appointments may not be available at the locations listed. updates available time slots daily. If there are not appointments available, please check back later.

If you are a University Health Center patient who has questions about the vaccines that you’d like to discuss with your health care provider before registering, please send a message to a member of your care team through the Nebraska Medicine app or the One Chart | Patient desktop portal.

If you live outside of Nebraska:

Check your statewide COVID-19 vaccine registration website to learn more about how and when you can register for the vaccine.

Vaccine cost

The COVID-19 vaccine is free to most citizens. Vaccine distributors can charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. However, in most cases, public and private insurance providers cover this cost. Nebraska Medicine and the University Health Center is not distributing the vaccine at this time, and we do not profit from COVID-19 vaccinations.

Why we need COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 infections can be a minor inconvenience, or they can lead to severe disease and death. Social distancing, handwashing and wearing your mask certainly help. However, the best way to stop this virus is to generate COVID-19-specific immunity within our community.

We can achieve this immunity in one of two ways: through illness (natural herd immunity) or through vaccination. Since illness leads to severe disease or death for many, a safe and effective vaccine is a much better alternative.

Use this calculator to assess your own COVID-19 mortality risk.

Vaccine Education

Safety Information

Learn about the vaccine's ingredients, emergency use authorization and special considerations for different populations.

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Side Effects

Understand the side effects for each of the vaccines and learn about potential allergic reactions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common COVID vaccine questions.

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