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Frontline Essential Workers In US Recommended To Be Prioritized For Inoculation


Frontline Essential Workers In US Recommended To Be Prioritized For Inoculation
With the beginning of the distribution of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine across the United States, the second vaccine against the pandemic to be approved in the country, an advisory panel has recommended that the vaccines should be given to frontline essential workers and people 75 years and older in the country should be the priority for inoculation.
30 million frontline essential workers, which include first responders, teachers, food and agriculture, manufacturing, US Postal Service, public transit, and grocery store workers, should be given the next priority for being administered the vaccines, recommended the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
With this recommendation, a total of 51 million people have effectively been made eligible to get inoculated in the next round of vaccination. However when the next round of vaccination would begin is not immediately clear.
The panel also recommended in the third round of the vaccination should include non-frontline workers such as those in media, finance, energy and IT and communication industries, persons in the 65-74 age group, and those aged 16-64 years with high-risk conditions that amount to a total of about 200 million people.
In order to decide on how to allocate the vaccines while supplies are scarce, the advisory panel’s guidelines should be used by the states of the US which are the ones distributing shots to their residents.
Reopening large parts of the economy in a safe manner and bringing down the risks of infections at crowded meatpacking plants, factories and warehouses will be possible by inoculation against the disease. However there is some confusion about who should be considered as essential during a pandemic.
There was intense lobbying by many companies and industry groups, prior to the recommendations by the CDC, to get their workers in the US vaccinated in the next round after the inoculation of healthcare professionals and long-term care facility residents.
At in the meanwhile, doses of the vaccines are now being picked up from warehouses for deliveries to hospitals and other sites by trucks of FedEx Corp and United Parcel Service Inc.
The facility of pharmaceutical services provider Catalent Inc’s in Bloomington, Indiana were filled by vials of Moderna’s vaccine. Doses from facilities are being shipped by distributor McKesson Corp to places including Louisville, Kentucky, and Memphis, Tennessee - close to air hubs for UPS and FedEx.
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday that the new strain of Covid-19 emerging in the United Kingdom is being monitored by US health officials. Adams added that the emergence of the mutated version of Covid-19 vaccine also shows that protection against it needs to be taken by people against the virus while awaiting inoculation.
The new virus strain w3qas responsible for a sudden increase in Covid-19 infections in the country, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists, which has prompted the government to impose stricter restrictions on London and adjoining areas.
The new virus strain is believed to be about 70 per cent more transmissible than the original one.