CDC Panel May Answer Which U.S. Workers Will Get Vaccine Next
Just days into the massive effort to vaccinate Americans, the nation’s governors are already parrying competing demands from companies and other interest groups over who will get the next round of doses.
On Sunday, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel is likely to provide a bit more clarity on that question.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to offer new guidelines for whom to vaccinate once states have offered shots to health-care workers and long-term care residents.
The decision is ultimately in the hands of states, and some have made their thinking known, with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly promising to prioritize meatpacking plant workers and Nevada pledging to give ride-sharing and taxi drivers early access to shots.
But many states have been purposely vague, preferring to defer announcements amid uncertain federal guidance, a lame duck presidency and questions about how many doses will be available.
“We’re doing the largest vaccine rollout in American history at a time of a change of administration,” said Jared Moskowitz, director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, who declined to specify which industries and companies will be prioritized in his state. “We just have to be prepared and be flexible.”
Moskowitz said the task of vaccinating health-care workers and long-term care residents will take weeks. Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.