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ATA wants higher vaccine priority for drivers

Truckers among population at greatest risk, groups warn in letter to CDC

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) wants the Biden administration to reclassify truck drivers into higher priority status for receiving COVID-19 vaccines.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ATA and 49 state trucking associations requested that the CDC move truckers into phase 1b of its COVID-19 vaccine recommendation from their current status in phase 1c.

The latest recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), issued on Dec. 22, place “frontline essential workers” in phase 1b and “other essential workers” in phase 1c — a distinction with regard to the classification of truck drivers, the groups point out, that is inconsistent with guidelines issued in March last year by the Department of Homeland Security which classified truck drivers as essential to the nation’s infrastructure during the pandemic.

“In many ways, truckers are the linchpin of our nation’s entire frontline response, providing daily, direct and indispensable support to all essential workers,” the groups state. “Health care providers, first responders, corrections officers, manufacturers, grocery clerks and teachers all rely on trucks for the equipment and supplies needed to carry out their professional duties. Moreover, high-risk populations are now depending on the trucking workforce to deliver vaccine supplies to every corner of the country.”

The groups also cited the increase in cases of more contagious variants of the virus that are spreading rapidly across the U.S.

“Notably, a recent study of increased death rates during the pandemic conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, suggests truck drivers are among the population at greatest risk,” the groups warn. “Including America’s professional truck drivers in phase 1b will help ensure the supply chain keeps running, essential frontline workers have the resources they need and high-risk populations have continued access to the vaccine.”

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced Wednesday that she plans to push the Biden administration to give higher vaccine priority to food haulers. 

“We are now seeing international news, national news and local news about the challenges we are facing moving food, and I want to make sure our transportation infrastructure workers are prioritized to get those vaccines and we can continue to move product through the United States,” Cantwell said.

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John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent

Based in Washington, D.C., John specializes in regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation. He has covered rail, trucking and maritime issues since 1993 for a variety of publications based in the U.S. and the U.K. John began business reporting in 1993 at Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University majoring in English and business.

7 Comments

  1. How about this , not taking the vaccine . My health is fine and do not need or want the granny state getting involved in what is my decision

  2. How about you guys stop trying to decide for me and ask me my damn opinion! No hell no I don’t wanna be your Guinea pig! I’d rather become a freeloading welfare recipient than be forced to get a vaccine which we all damn well know don’t work and sure as hell isn’t safe! We aren’t dumb we don’t believe MSM’s bull crap so go give the vaccine to the Democrats!

  3. I’m not taking a vaccine that has to be stored at -80 and has major side effects. This MRNA is a DNA altering drug, contains fetal matter, aluminum nanotech called lucifuse. No to this crap. With a recovery rate of over 95% enough said. Please do research on these vaccines!

  4. I agree we should be a top priority. I do local P & D, in and out of 15 or 20 different customers every day. Sign on every door says no entry without a mask, go inside and I’m the only one wearing one. There already is a shortage of drivers which will only get worse when the current drivers start to get infected.

  5. L t C workers and health care workers should come ahead of truck drivers or farm workers living in bunk housing. Homeless are much higher risk and more. likely to spread C 19. Many former truck drivers and vets live on the streets in Canada.

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