Nebraska Governor says undocumented meatpacking workers will not be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
LINCOLN, Neb. — During a briefing at the State Capitol on Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts, when responding to a reporters question on the status of vaccinations for meatpacking industry workers, stated that undocumented workers would not be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.
“Again, you’re supposed to be a legal resident of the country to be able to be working in those plants so I do not expect that illegal immigrants will be part of the vaccine with that program,” Gov. Ricketts said.
Meatpacking workers are slated to receive the vaccination in Phase 1B, after first responders, utility workers, and educators, among others. The state was in Phase 1A as of Monday morning, with more than 36,000 doses having been administered to frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
Additional vaccine shipments are scheduled to arrive later in the week, including 11,200 Moderna doses slated for healthcare workers and 11,700 Pfizer doses for long-term care facilities. Vaccinations hit a snag last week as winter weather delayed shipments.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services projects Phase 1B to begin later in January as supplies become available.
Information regarding vaccine rollout statewide can be found online here.