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Teens in Douglas County get vaccinated

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 3:32 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - As of midday, 2,400 young people have already signed up for vaccinations.

Gov. Ricketts said he would not support mandatory vaccines for staff and students in order to attend college. Rutgers University is making it a requirement in order to go there this fall.

UNO officials strongly encourage its students and staff to get vaccinated but it remains voluntary. 6 News heard the same for Creighton.

“I trust scientists,” said UNO student Sarah Steele.

UNO’s third-year Ph.D. student Sarah Steele already received the COVID-19 vaccination. There was no internal debate on what to do.

“I had a family member die of COVID, so it was pretty easy to decide. I didn’t want anyone else to get that bad experience,” said Sarah.

As thousands of youngsters between 16-18 started to sign up on this first day of the window opening, 6 News caught up with a mother and daughter who both received the shot at a South Omaha clinic.

“All of my friends have gotten it because they work in customer service. I got an email yesterday, and I’m super excited,” said Marian High School senior, Cece West.

A parent or legal guardian required to be there for the vaccination for those under 19.

I’m going to the University of Minnesota next year and I hope they require it. Just because I think it’s a good idea for those who are at-risk,” said Cece.

Addison Pierzina, a UNO freshman said, “I’m going to sign up.”

This UNO college freshman is planning to be vaccinated but she understands why colleges strongly recommend teens get the vaccine and not to require it.

“I think people don’t like to be forced into doing things and so making it an encouragement makes people have the sense that it’s my will and their choice to do it,” said Addison.

Besides appointments available to everyone over 16 now in the Omaha metro, Douglas County Health has expanded appointments. Before there was a two-week window to sign up and now it’s a month.

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