Ricketts encourages public to get flu shots, protesters push for change

The governor spoke at a Walgreens this afternoon, urging Lincolnites to get their flu shot, all while protesters held signs a few yards away.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The governor spoke at a Walgreens this afternoon, urging Lincolnites to get their flu shot, all while protesters held signs a few yards away.

“We’ve been working since early March to make sure we slow the spread of the virus here and preserving our hospital capacity as what we’ve done here in the state,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “We need to redouble our efforts now, as we’re seeing all across the northern part of the United States and in places like Europe rising places in hospitalizations which is why it’s so important that people get flu shots.”

A group of women protesters came with signs speaking against the governor and his moves during the pandemic. One woman who wants to remain anonymous says it impacts her personally.

“North Platte Nebraska, it’s really bad there,” said an anonymous protester. “Right now my mother has it, my sister has it, my stepfather is probably going to get it and all of her entire family. She’s a nurse and I’m really scared right now and I’m really angry at our governor, and I’m really angry that there’s no leadership. We need to shut down these large events and we need to shut down these restaurants and bars if we want to keep schools open.”

Ricketts pushes the public to get their flu shot and socially distance to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Protesters say it is not enough as Lincoln’s positivity numbers continue to climb.

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