Frontline essential workers, people 75 and up should be next to get vaccine: CDC panel

By 1010 WINS

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted Sunday to recommend that older adults and “frontline essential workers” get the COVID vaccines next.

Among those in “Phase 1b” are people 75 and older and frontline essential workers. “Phase 1c” will include people between the ages of 65 and 74, as well as those 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions.

Among the 30 million essential workers are emergency responders like police and firefighters, as well as teachers and grocery store workers.

Vaccinations have already begun for health care workers, and pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens are set to begin vaccinating residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country Monday.

The first shipments of Moderna’s vaccine—the second approved for emergency use in the U.S. after Pfizer’s—began rolling out of a distribution center Sunday, with the first vaccinations expected Monday.

CDC Director Robert Redfield gave the final OK to Moderna’s vaccine Sunday, clearing the way for its use by people over the age of 18 in the U.S.

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