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Nebraska schools preparing for virus vaccinations next year

December 29, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska school districts are working to determine how many of their employees want the coronavirus vaccine, so health officials can be ready to deliver them.

School employees are one of the next groups of people scheduled to get the vaccine after health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities who are getting vaccinated now. The educators are likely to get the vaccine in January or February along with first responders and other essential workers.

“We’ll do it just as quickly as we can,” Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Director Pat Lopez said to the Lincoln Journal Star.

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State health officials said Monday that more than 20,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Nebraska so far.

About 85% of the Lincoln school district employees who responded to a survey said they want to get the vaccine, said Eric Weber, the district’s associate superintendent of human resources. Officials with the Lincoln Catholic Diocese said roughly 80% of their employees expressed interest in the vaccine.

The state reported 875 new virus cases and 28 deaths Monday to give the state 162,849 cases and 1,587 deaths linked to the virus.

Nebraska also said 534 people were hospitalized with the virus Monday. That is up from 527 the day before but still well below the peak of 987 set last month.