Masks, shots getting uneven response from Omaha officials, first responders

Masks and vaccinations are getting an uneven response among Omaha’s elected officials and first responders.

As we reported earlier this week Democrats on the Douglas County Board masked-up for their weekly meeting, the Republicans did not.

During a Tuesday night public hearing on the budget, none of the city’s seven city council members, four Democrats and three Republicans, wore masks.

As for vaccinations among Omaha’s police and firefighters, the police and fire chief want to see more getting the shot. 

The latest numbers find 62 percent of Omaha police vaccinated; 73-76 percent of the city’s firefighters.

[See the chiefs' comments above]