CDC recommends construction workers get coronavirus vaccine after grocery workers, older Americans

Construction workers should receive the coronavirus vaccine after other frontline essential workers and people age 75 and older, according to recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. ACIP voted that the roughly 30 million Americans that fall into the frontline essential workers group, including first responders and grocery store employees, should be in Phase 1b, because they are at substantially higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. Another 57 million essential workers, such as those in construction and food service, should be in Phase 1c. If CDC Director Robert Redfield accepts the recommendation, then these groups will likely be able to get the vaccine after healthcare workers and nursing home residents, who are now being vaccinated. “The CDC recommendations are in line with the suggestions we offered to both President Trump and President-elect Biden,” Turmail said in an email to Construction Dive. “We expect states will be consistent in following those guidelines.”

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