NSEA wants vaccinations for school employees to begin within 2 weeks
Nebraska's teachers union is asking state officials to begin the process of vaccinating school employees within the next two weeks.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska’s teachers union is asking state officials to begin the process of vaccinating school employees within the next two weeks.
The request came in a letter to Gov. Pete Ricketts and state health officials on Friday from the Nebraska School Education Association.
NSEA President Jenni Benson and Executive Director Maddie Fennell also said the union’s “experience is that some Health Districts are unaware of or are not implementing” the state’s directive that health departments allocate 10% of their COVID-19 vaccine doses for certain populations.
Ricketts has directed health departments to dedicate the vast majority of vaccines for people 65 and older.
The letter asks Ricketts to reinforce that directive and to coordinate with school districts to begin vaccinating employees over the age of 65 or who have co-morbidities before the end of the month.
It says educators have “performed heroically” during the pandemic, and that many school employees have “suffered from COVID-19 themselves.”
“Now it is time for our state leadership to recognize this heroic work by prioritizing educators, especially those above age 65 and those with co-morbidities, to be vaccinated,” the letter said.
“We stand ready to work with you to help implement these ideas. We appreciate your attention to this very important effort to vaccinate as many school employees as possible, as quickly as possible. Thank you for your work.”