Higher Vaccine Priority for Truck Drivers



With the vaccine rollout facing roadblocks and still in its early stages, the battle against COVID-19 and its new variants continues to rage on. This was clear when reports showed that December 2020 had become the most deadly and infectious month of the entire pandemic. According to NBC News more than 77,000 people lost their lives in December to the virus, while 6.4 million contracted the virus amid the emergence of a new virus variant and delayed efforts to vaccinate people

This past Wednesday, American Trucking Associations (ATA), and 40+ other state trucking associations took the steps to write a letter to the CDC urging that they move truckers into phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine recommendation from their status in phase 1C. On December 22nd, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices placed “frontline essential workers” in phase 1B and “other essential workers” in phase 1C. In the letter written to the CDC, the ATA argues that this is inconsistent with the Department of Homeland Security, who in March 2020 classified truck drivers as essential to the nation’s infrastructure during the pandemic which would make them 1B.










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