Education association pushes for teachers to get COVID-19 vaccine

The largest school district in the state recently announced its students will return to 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in-person learning. Now, pressure builds to get teachers vaccinated. “They should be higher up on the list to ensure more safety for those wishing to take the vaccine,” Nebraska State Education Association Jenni Benson said. She said the state needs a better distribution plan. “When we know that there’s 60,000 vaccines sitting in a freezer somewhere in Nebraska and they are noy being distributed,” Benson said. “The HHS department and the Governor need to get it together and help teachers and staff get vaccinated as soon as humanly possible.” Benson’s concern is for everyone’s safety, she said. Especially as Omaha Public SChools will be 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in-person starting in February. Though the state’s latest plan to expand Phase 1-B to people ages 65 and older means teacher may have to wait even longer to get vaccinated. “Overall from what we’ve heard, it’s more of a ‘Let’s get this done so we can protect ourselves more and our students and keep people in the classroom and healthy,'” Benson said. Benson said the vaccine distribution woes go beyond teachers. “It’s not just educators we are very concerned that these vaccines are not being distributed in an efficient and timely manner at all,” Benson said.

The largest school district in the state recently announced its students will return to 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in-person learning. Now, pressure builds to get teachers vaccinated.

“They should be higher up on the list to ensure more safety for those wishing to take the vaccine,” Nebraska State Education Association Jenni Benson said.

She said the state needs a better distribution plan.

“When we know that there’s 60,000 vaccines sitting in a freezer somewhere in Nebraska and they are noy being distributed,” Benson said. “The HHS department and the Governor need to get it together and help teachers and staff get vaccinated as soon as humanly possible.”

Benson’s concern is for everyone’s safety, she said. Especially as Omaha Public SChools will be 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in-person starting in February. Though the state’s latest plan to expand Phase 1-B to people ages 65 and older means teacher may have to wait even longer to get vaccinated.

“Overall from what we’ve heard, it’s more of a ‘Let’s get this done so we can protect ourselves more and our students and keep people in the classroom and healthy,'” Benson said.

Benson said the vaccine distribution woes go beyond teachers.

“It’s not just educators we are very concerned that these vaccines are not being distributed in an efficient and timely manner at all,” Benson said.

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