For all the planning, there is still a good deal of confusion. States are receiving initial allocations according to a federal formula based strictly on their adult population, but many hospitals say they don't know exactly how much they will get or when the shipments will arrive.
Phase 1 of vaccine distribution will be for front-line health workers and the elderly. Vaccination of essential workers — including front-line travel center employees — will occur in Phase 2.
In a letter to Secretary Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, NATSO said that essential workers of businesses that are part of the critical infrastructure workforce should receive a vaccine as part of Phase 1-B of a jurisdiction’s distribution scheme. Phase 1-B would follow behind only those healthcare personnel who are grouped into Phase 1-A.
Every state will need to triage within the relatively "essential workforce" category. (It's important to note that the "essential worker" designation was developed with an eye toward determining which workers are permitted to go to work during stay-at-home orders; it was not designed with vaccination prioritization in mind.)
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