Ricketts says Nebraska has to do better at reporting data after low CDC vaccine ranking

February 22, 2021 - 3:24pm

Governor Pete Ricketts said Monday the state needs to do a better job of sharing vaccination data with the federal government after the latest CDC vaccination tracker shows Nebraska ranks 44th in administering allocated doses. According to CDC data, Nebraska has only administered 77% of its allocated COVID-19 vaccines. By comparison, top-ranked New Mexico has administered 98% of its allocated doses.

“We’ve got to do a better job, as far as data reporting, on our side. We’re also working with the CDC with regard to how they’re doing data reporting,” Ricketts said. “We’ve had ongoing conversations with the CDC, several phone calls, with regard to how they’re doing their data reporting so that we can do a better job of giving them data and how their data is working out, trying to close that gap with regard to what has actually been received in Nebraska vs. just allocated and not received.”      

The CDC data shows Iowa has administered 84% of its allocated doses and Kansas 79% of its doses. Some allocations to Nebraska were delayed last week because of cold weather and power outages.   

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