LPS Superintendent encourages students to get the shot

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln’s Mayor, along with local health department officials, updates our community on its vaccination progress at 3:30 p.m. We’ll be streaming it live right here on klkntv.com.

According to Lincoln’s Mayor, more than 46% of Lancaster County’s population is fully vaccinated. We continue to be the county with the highest population percentage vaccinated in the state.

Health Director Pat Lopez says the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will continue to vaccinate local high school students this week.

Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Superintendent Steve Joel commented, “We get a lot of questions on a daily basis about what is next year going to look like, but there’s one particular maybe we won’t have a 600-page pandemic plan like we had at the beginning of this year, but we will have a pandemic plan that will reflect where we are as a community.”

Joel says the COVID plan for next school year will be released sometime in June.

Local pediatrician and President of Complete Children’s Health said although teens are less likely to have severe symptoms, they aren’t immune to other complications.

“We do see adolescents who suffer from… long-COVID syndrome, including heart inflammation which sometimes limits athletes from participating in athletics, and really just also the limitation to what activities they can participate in,” explained Dr. Sian Jones-Jobst. “Vaccinating our youth, so that they can protect themselves, protect each other and also protect the rest of the community is really really important.”

Lancaster County will resume using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. In fact, local Johnson and Johnson doses will be used this Saturday for a drive-thru clinic at Gateway Mall.

This week’s large-scale public clinics (others may be added):

  • Wednesday, April 28, Gateway Mall – first-dose drive-thru clinic at the garages of the former Sears store
  • Thursday, April 29, Pinnacle Bank Arena – second doses

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