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Health district prepares to vaccinate educators

New weekend cases reported
10 percent of Two Rivers allotment may go to educators
10 percent of Two Rivers allotment may go to educators(wtvg)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 9:54 AM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Officials at the Two Rivers Public Health Department have reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 in their seven-county region Saturday and Sunday. The cases were evenly divided between the two days. Over the course of the two days, Dawson County reported nine new cases. There were six in Buffalo County, two in Kearney County and one in Phelps County.

The Two Rivers department also recently announced they will start providing COVID-19 vaccinations for those who work in education. The district will use 10 percent of their vaccine allocation for that group.

District officials say they are near completion of first responders (police and fire fighters), child and adult protection workers, utilities workers, and corrections and homeless shelter staff. They will also continue the current prioritization of vaccinating those in Phase 1B through the healthcare systems, clinics and pharmacies.

Healthcare systems, clinics and pharmacies will also be the outlets for the education group. Educators will be scheduled through their administrative contacts, separate from the district waiting list. The district, in a press release, said educators will be prioritized in the the following order: public schools, private schools, higher education (Colleges and Universities), and licensed childcare providers.

The district also said they continue to plan for mass vaccinations sites to be used in the event a sufficient vaccine supply is received to do so.

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