People over 75, essential workers next for vaccines

People over 75, essential workers next for vaccines
Boxes containing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are moved to the loading dock for shipping at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: A federal advisory panel recommended on Sunday said that people over 75 and older and essential workers like teachers, grocery store workers and firefighters should be next in line for Covid-19 vaccines, while a second shot began rolling out to hospitals across the US works to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

The two developments came amid a mass vaccination program that began only in the last week and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 556,000 Americans have been given initial shots.

The vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. is already being distributed across the nation, and last week, regulators gave approval to the one from Moderna Inc. that began shipping Sunday.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said tarlier this month that nursing home residents and health care workers — about 24 million people — should be at the very front of the line for the shots.

Sunday’s vote by the panel was who should be next in line to get vaccinated, and by a vote of 13-1, it decided that it should be people over 75 and older, who number about 20 million, as well as certain front-line workers, who total about 30 million.

The essential workers include police and firefighters; school staff and teachers; those working in food, manufacturing and agricultural sectors; U.S. Postal Service employees; corrections workers; public transit workers; and grocery store workers.

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