Updated: 2 days ago
Board Member/Gov't Relations Chair
Good News Massage Therapists!
We have confirmed that Massage Therapists in Nebraska are included with "other therapists" as outlined by the Covid-19 Vaccine rollout in Nebraska. That means we are included in Phase 1A, Tier 4 when those groups are called up to receive the vaccine.
The difficulty is knowing WHEN that will be because.
Every health department is at a different point in their distribution schedule right now, some of your respective health depts might get to tier 4 sooner than others.
They are reaching out in different ways.
Don’t worry I got this!
Breathe easy, I have already been in direct contact with all health departments in Nebraska. The biggest obstacle they had was contacting LMTs so …I tried to make it easier for them. I organized ALL NE massage therapists (not just AMTA- members), ALL licensure types, including, massage establishments and massage schools and then grouped them into their respective health districts and SENT that information to the proper contact at each health department.
Your respective Health District will either contact you via the information you have on record with the state, or they will put out a general Tier 4 post on their website and social media.
I talk more about this in a video I posted last week on Facebook. For more info. Check out this AMTA- Covid19 Update Video
I will update this post below as I get more information and further updates.
Please follow us on FB for updates as well. http://www.facebook.com/amtanebraska
Now, I CANNOT stress this enough:
Please DO NOT contact health departments at this time.
We beg you to be patient. Our health depts are already overwhelmed enough as it is.
Please note: individual phone calls and emails are likely not to be returned for days, or not at all if left with the wrong person.
We DO NOT want to do anything to annoy, nor add to these depts workloads. We want to make this as easy as possible for everyone.
Please utilize me as your first point of contact, if i am unable to answer your question outright, i will reach out to the proper contact on your behalf,
If you have an inquiry reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I/we will do our best to answer questions or get ahold of the right person to help you.
WHAT WE DO KNOW!
In order to receive a Covid-19 vaccination you will need to take credentials to your vaccine appointment. This can include Your facility/work badge.
Most LMTs don’t have those so we suggest that you take a copy of your active license; Since all of you should have your active license on display at your respective work establishment or place of business per regulations anyway... that shouldn’t be an problem for most. However, If you need a replacement wallet sized copy visit. https://www.nebraska.gov/LISSearch/search.cg/
Here are the updates we have received back from respective Nebraska Health Districts.
Central Health District - “calling in the next week or two”
Dakota County - “May start Tier 4 as early as the week of Jan 11.” I sent LMTs the prescreen form on Jan 7. Check your emails if you fall within the Dakota County Health District.
Douglas Co. “will be contacting "soon"?”
East Central - “just putting together contact lists.”
Elkhorn Logan Valley - Department sent email to LMTs 1/16/2021
Appointments are REQUIRED and the link to sign up for an appointment time for the vaccine can be found here: https://elkhornloganvalleypublichealthdepartment.clinicsense.com/book/\
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department will be having COVID-19 vaccine clinics using the Moderna vaccine on several upcoming dates/times at our Norfolk office location: 314 N 5th Street, Norfolk.
Vaccine dates are:
1/19/21 (Tuesday): 8am – 10am AND 2pm – 5pm
1/20/21 (Wednesday): 4pm – 6pm
1/21/21 (Thursday): 7am – 11am
Lincoln/Lancaster - “just getting contact lists together.”- A few weeks out at best guess.
Loup Basin - waiting on info
North Central -” UPDATE 1/13/2021 - determined massage therapy is not Tier 4 but opened up a waitlist for massage therapists to sign up if there is extra vaccine. Sign up at:
Northeast - waiting on info
Panhandle - “contacting via email and/or phone”
Public Health Solutions - “Hoping to start Tier 3 & 4 the week of Jan 11. Will announce on their website and social media.”
Sarpy/Cass - “finishing up previous tiers, prob a few weeks yet before Tier IV will be contacted.”
South Heartland - “They are reaching out individually to do a quick survey, gage interest, and then reach out to schedule. They will call or email. They are in 1A Tier 3 as of 1/11/21. Look to be contacted in the next couple of weeks.”
SouthEast - waiting on info
Three Rivers - “contacting Tier 4 now. Look For Emails for signup genius.”
Two Rivers - From Two Rivers Planning Section Coordinator "We have made a request to the state for further definitions of how to address massage therapists and will get back to you."
We are working on figuring this out.
West Central - decided massage therapy is general population. We are following up.