Restaurant employees fight for vaccination places even with extended authorization

In the past few weeks, COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility has opened up across the country, and more than half of the states have expanded to include all adults aged 16 and over. This has resulted in a deluge of eligible individuals vying for vaccination points and, in some cases, with demand that exceeds supply. Restaurant and other food service workers are among those competing for these coveted slots – and for many of them there is the added pressure of signing up to work in cities and states where food restrictions have been eased or lifted.

A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) panel recommended in December that, in phase 1c of the vaccine rollout, priority should be given to key workers such as employees of the Food service should be given. including food production and farm workers – and adults aged 75 and over. Ultimately, however, it was up to each state to decide how exactly the eligibility should be determined and the rollout implemented.

As a result, restaurant workers, like grocery store workers before them, have a double bond: they have been declared essential enough to keep restaurants and fast food chains going, but not necessarily enough to keep many States to receive vaccination prioritization. Their situation is made even more precarious with the reopening of indoor dining and the relaxation of capacity and mask mandates in several states. In Texas the mention, thatAll adults aged 16 and over are now eligible after early access was severely restricted. meanwhile, masks and social distancing are no longer required, and The internal capacity of companies is up to 100 percent again.

In case it repeats itself again, restaurants where customers remove their masks to eat and drink in largely enclosed spaces have been linked to an increase in COVID infections and deaths, especially in areas without a mask mandate, according to a CDC study.

Some restaurant workers, many of whom are immigrants, may also be reluctant to sign up for vaccine doses as they require a name, date of birth, and other personal information.

Certain cities and counties, as well as individual restaurants and industry associations, have taken steps to train their workers to vaccinate Times Reports. Los Angeles County and Nashville have made some vaccines available specifically for food, agriculture, and hospitality workers. Restaurant owners and trade groups have organized vaccination campaigns for their employees and worked with clinics to set up vaccination sites for workers. Other restaurants have pledged to help their staff score points and, in the event of side effects, to take a break for the shot and the subsequent recovery period.

Masks off, mahi mahi on. Restaurant workers are in a race for vaccines [NYT]

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