Media Contacts: Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967
Governor's Media Release:
LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference to update Nebraskans on the progress being made in the State's coronavirus vaccination efforts. The Governor highlighted Nebraska's work to provide the vaccine to residents who need it the most. The CDC ranks Nebraska #5 nationally for providing vaccine coverage in localities with the highest social vulnerability to the virus. Overall, the CDC ranks Nebraska #8 in doses administered per 100,000 residents (18+ population).
Nine local health departments have already begun to vaccinate Nebraskans in Phase 2A, which includes both residents age 50-64 and Nebraskans determined to be high-risk by area healthcare providers. Gov. Ricketts announced that the entire state will move to Phase 2A on March 22, 2021.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Incident Commander Angie Ling joined the Governor for this morning's briefing. She detailed Nebraska's incoming coronavirus vaccine allocations. She also overviewed the work being done by local health departments to vaccinate Nebraskans.
At today's press conference, the Governor also proclaimed March 30, 2021 as “Doctor's Day in Nebraska" to honor the state's physicians for their great work caring for patients, especially in light of the challenges of the past year. Nebraska Medical Association President Dr. Michelle Walsh accepted the proclamation on behalf of doctors in Nebraska. She reinforced the tremendous work of the state's physicians, and of the medical community as a whole, in helping to care for Nebraskans throughout the pandemic.
Additionally, Governor Ricketts announced this morning that the State of Nebraska is extending its income tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021. This aligns the state's income tax filing deadline with the extended federal income tax filing date.
Gov. Ricketts: Coronavirus Vaccination
Angie Ling: Coronavirus Vaccination
Video from this morning's press conference is available by clicking here.