People Over 75 And Front-line Essential Workers Are Next In Line For COVID-19 Vaccine

A federal advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided on Sunday that next in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should be people aged 75 and older and frontline essential workers.

It decided by a 13-1 vote that people 75 and older, about 20 million in number, as well as some front-line workers, about 30 million in total, should be next in line for the vaccine.

The essential workers include firefighters and police officers; teachers and school staff; food and agricultural workers; industrial workers; correctional workers; U.S. Postal Service staff; employees of public transportation and grocery stores. They are deemed at extremely high risk of infection since their job requires them to be in daily contact with other individuals.

The committee also voted that behind those groups should be other essential workers; individuals between the ages of 65 and 74; and those between the ages of 16 and 64 who have certain medical conditions, such as obesity and cancer, that placed them at higher risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19.

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