Do I qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine booster and which one?

Use this chart to find out if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster and which one.

Cold Turkey Great American Smokeout Challenge 2021

It’s that time of year again – Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties is participating in the Cold Turkey Great American Smokeout Challenge, in collaboration with Summit Media and Hy-Vee.  This year the contest will be running from November 5th to November 18th.

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Unvaccinated Patient Stresses COVID Vaccine from Hospital Bed | Bryan Health

As COVID-19 cases climb from the delta variant across the country in unvaccinated individuals, a Nebraska woman is speaking out from her hospital bed.

Medical Device recall notification (U.S. only) / field safety notice (International Markets)

Phillips Respironics announced a voluntary recall for continuous and non-continuous ventilators  (certain CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices) due to two issues related to the polyester based polyurethane PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in these devices.   To see if you device is affected and obtain updated information, please visit


Please inspect your machine for the presence of black debris/particles within the airpath circuit (extending from the device outlet, humidifier, tubing, and mask).   If seen, please discontinue use of your machine and contact your durable medical equipment company and/or Respironics directly @ (877)907-7508 to inquire about repair or replacement.

If no debris or particles are seen, we recommend that you continue using your BiLevel PAP, CPAP, or mechanical ventilator,  as the benefits of continued therapy outweigh potential risk.

We also advise that you STOP using any automatic cleaners immediately!  Please review and adhere to your device Instructions for Use for approved cleaning methods.

Find your Vaccine at LNKVAX.COM

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The number of people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 continues to grow each and every day. However, there are still people in the community that are gathering information about the vaccine process, potential side effects, and other issues of concern that are causing hesitation before signing up to get vaccinated.

Dr. Ali Piper, Pulmonologist and Critical Care Specialist at Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties, says the safety of the vaccine is a topic people are always asking about.

“The bottom line remains that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and the CDC and myself included continue to recommend everyone get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible,” Dr. Piper said.

There has also been some concerns that the vaccine could result in infertility.

“There have been, historically, no vaccines that have caused infertility, the ingredients and components of the current vaccines have no scientific evidence of that even being a possible effect,” Dr. Piper said.

With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine currently being halted in the U.S. due to reports of severe and rare blood clots, people might be even more hesitant to get a vaccine. Dr. Piper says this pause should only reassure people that vaccine safety has been and continues to be priority in the United States.

Dr. Piper is a board member with the Lancaster County Medical Society. They’ve partnered with a local ad agency, Swanson Russell, to create a local vaccine campaign. It’s called ‘The Comeback Starts With You’. The intention of the campaign is to promote the vaccine to the community and provide a one stop shop where you can get COVID-19 resources.

To learn more about this campaign, you can visit their website at You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

You can participate in the campaign by using #thecomebackstartswithyou in social media posts.

“We just want to emphasize that the comeback starts with you,” Dr. Piper said.

2021 Drive Through Career Fair

Once again Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties is excited to participate in the Drive Through Career Fair April 22nd from Noon-7pm at Gateway Mall in the Sears parking lot. If you are looking for a new career or new challenge, please stop by to receive information!

Bryan Health, Nebraska Medicine Share the Story of Double Lung Transplant Recipient

Doctors at Bryan Health and Nebraska Medicine detail Jake’s life-threatening bout with COVID-19 and his road to a new life.

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Jake Immink spent months at Bryan West in Lincoln, before coming to Nebraska Medicine in January. He waited a few more months for the surgery that changed his life. He is the hospital’s first COVID-19 survivor to get a double lung transplant. After 128 days, Jake Immink was finally able to take a breath on his own.

Dr. Maslonka – Bryan Health COVID-19 Press Briefing | March 11, 2021

Please click here to watch Dr. Maslonka speak during the March 11th edition of the Bryan Health COVID-19 Press Briefing.

Spread the Word! Series: Discussing the COVID-19 Vaccine

This series of events will provide information on key areas of concern identified through national and local research, as well as outreach to specific cultures. This is a great resource for your patients, family and friends. For more information, visit: See the next article for more information on CMEs for this series

Click here to view the February 23rd video on YouTube

Phase 1B Vaccination Clinic Set for Friday; Residents must have appointment to be vaccinated

3131 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, 402-441-8000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February  1, 2021
Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN, Health Director, 402-441-8000
Tim Timmons, RN, Communicable Disease Supervisor, 402-441-8056

Phase 1B Vaccination Clinic Set for Friday 
Residents must have appointment to be vaccinated

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that it is opening Phase 1B and will start providing COVID-19 vaccine to Lancaster County residents age 80 and up at a clinic Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Those in that age group who have registered to receive vaccine will be contacted starting tomorrow to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated at the clinic.

Individuals age 80 and up should not go to the Arena without an appointment.  If a person in this age group wants to get vaccinated but has not registered, they should call  402-441-8006.  LLCHD encourages people to receive COVID-19 vaccine as soon as its available to them.

“We are eager to take this next step in our vaccination efforts. Every dose helps protect more residents in our community and we’re committed to getting vaccine into people’s arms as soon as possible,” said Health Director Pat Lopez.

The health department will again be working with community partners at this week’s clinic. LLCHD will modify some of clinic processes to provide extra support and assistance to help with accessibility and mobility for the population being served.  Those measure include the following:

  • The vaccination clinic will take place on the lower level.
  • Wheelchairs will be available.
  • Extra staff will be available to help those who may need additional assistance.

Free parking is available in the garage attached to the west side of the Arena. Courtesy vehicles will be provided for those who need transportation from the parking garage to the arena.