Nebraska group wants parents to children with disabilities as high priority for COVID vaccines

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Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:22 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Over 36,000 Nebraska have been given the COVID-19 vaccine, but one Nebraska group wants parents to child with disabilities to be a higher priority to get the vaccine.

According to Nebraska DHHS, adults with medical conditions are in Nebraska’s Phase 1C. Officials with Disability Rights Nebraska said people who have children with disabilities also need to be a similar priority to avoid spreading the virus to their children.

Inclusive Education Coordinator for Disability Rights Nebraska Pat Cottingham said, “Parents with disabilities are not always able to practice all of the social distance guidelines that we are required to do. They have to take their children to therapies; they have to be out and about a little bit. More than just us who can isolate at home.”

Cottingham said children with disabilities can be more vulnerable to COVID-19, especially those with compromised immune systems.

Even though the adults in the house don’t have those priority conditions,” Cottingham said. “Because they have a child with a disability who may have some of those conditions ought to be prioritized so they’re not passing it to their child or their child is not passing it to them.”

Nebraska DHHS said it’s still going through its priority list for COVID vaccines. According to officials, if people in facilities decide to not get the vaccine, leaving some doses leftover, those who aren’t considered high priority can get the vaccine. DHHS said vaccines have a specific shelf life and don’t want any of the vaccines to expire.

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