CDC panel says healthcare workers, nursing homes should get vaccine first

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A CDC committee issued recommendations Tuesday advising that healthcare workers and nursing home staff and residents should be at the front of the line when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 13-1 to recommend priority be given to those groups in the first days of any coming vaccination program, when doses are expected to be very limited. The two priority groups encompass around 24 million Americans, out of a population of about 330 million.

The recommendations will be sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield and, if approved, will become the official CDC guidance to state officials. However, governors will get the final say in how the vaccines are distribution within states.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has indicated that the state’s first batch of vaccines will go to frontline healthcare workers.