Prioritize Disability Vaccine Access

Whereas, Governor Ricketts removed people with underlying conditions from the 1B Priority Group for the Covid Vaccine

Whereas, If infected, people with Down Syndrome are five times more likely to be hospitalized and 10 times more likely to die than the general population,

Whereas, 83% of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are not receiving state services and part of the groups of people with disabilities that have not yet received the Covid Vaccine.

Whereas, Nebraska’s service system fails to recognize many people intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Therefore, we call on Governor Ricketts to add people with disabilities back to the Priority Group for Covid Vaccines. We must provide equitable access to testing for those in communities, in facilities, in services, and supported by their families.  In order to ensure this, we must eliminate barriers including but not limited to lack of access to transportation, limitations of vehicles, ensure quality testing in community services, provide testing in facilities, make the website accessible, create a comprehensive data set involving all people, and ensure equitable care for all Nebraskans.

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  • Debra Davis
    signed 2021-02-23 12:21:02 -0800
  • Barry Thomas
    signed 2021-02-23 12:21:01 -0800
  • Joyce Dykema
    signed 2021-02-23 12:20:18 -0800
  • Mary Kelly
    signed 2021-02-23 12:19:59 -0800
  • Kirstie Engel
    signed 2021-02-23 12:19:37 -0800
  • Becky Hanna
    signed 2021-02-23 12:18:03 -0800
  • Christopher Peterson
    signed 2021-02-23 12:17:52 -0800
  • Deborah Safarik
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  • Sara Howard
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  • Susan Petzoldt
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  • Rosalind Kichler
    signed 2021-02-23 12:12:43 -0800
  • Kathleen Rohwedder
    signed 2021-02-23 12:11:55 -0800
  • Susan Samuelson
    signed 2021-02-23 12:11:03 -0800
  • Atalaya Cannon
    signed 2021-02-23 12:10:45 -0800
  • Julia Keown
    signed 2021-02-23 12:10:30 -0800
  • Tina Dykes
    signed 2021-02-23 12:08:17 -0800
  • Michele Zephier
    signed 2021-02-23 12:08:17 -0800
  • Michelle Johnson
    signed 2021-02-23 12:07:13 -0800
  • Carol Salber
    signed 2021-02-23 12:06:36 -0800
  • Charlie Kennedy
    signed 2021-02-23 12:05:50 -0800
    I have a daughter with Down syndrome and am concerned for her safety and wellbeing. When so many Nebraskans aren’t volunteering to get the vaccination why the double standard with denying special needs people the protection they merit? Get on the stick Governor Ricketts.
  • Angie Willey
    signed 2021-02-23 12:05:35 -0800
    To remove individuals with disabilities from the priority list for the vaccine is a despicable act. Helping those who need extra help should be the first priority of this state government. As advocates across the country are fighting and taking steps forward to get vulnerable populations vaccinated, Nebraska is taking a step backward. Devaluing your disability population is not Nebraska nice!
  • Mitzi Ritzman
    signed 2021-02-23 12:05:21 -0800
  • Graciela Sharif
    signed 2021-02-23 12:03:35 -0800
    People with developmental disabilities and people with special health care needs should be part of the priority group to be vaccinated because they are in higher risk to not being able to survive due to the many complications as a result of their special health care needs. There should be an intentional effort to reach all people with disabilities who traditionally are under resourced in all areas.
  • Deborah Minter
    signed 2021-02-23 12:01:44 -0800
  • Kayla Walnofer
    signed 2021-02-23 11:58:59 -0800
  • Leah Janke
    signed 2021-02-23 11:57:35 -0800
  • Adrian Sanchez
    signed 2021-02-23 11:56:54 -0800
  • Tracey Niemann
    signed 2021-02-23 11:56:41 -0800
  • Jo Roberts
    signed 2021-02-23 11:55:17 -0800
  • Lisa Rhodes
    signed 2021-02-23 11:54:34 -0800