California has been a populated state with L.A being the most populous county. The decision was made clear that disabled, elderly people aged above 65, and those people aged between 16 and 64, with chronic health conditions will be prioritized with the vaccine supply. The vaccine supply was anyway not up to the mark as it was limited. Front line employees who are more exposed in the service sector are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. They have to deal with an array of risks when they meet people who might be contracted the disease. This will be a super spreader strategy when workers and front-line employees will risk everything and won’t get the safety.
Prioritized COVID19 Vaccine Supply- A Risky Health Matter For Front-Line Employees?
The frontline workforce is in millions and California has got over 5 million frontline workers with a sequential risk of getting the virus. The pandemic had hit the U.S hard enough and California is an important state that the officials have to consider along with other states. Thinking of the manufacturing units, front liners are entitled to pack foods, clean office premises, and much more.
Regular interactions with people and places where more people have been into, will all multiply the risk of contracting the virus. They have customers and colleagues to meet and this has been an important matter that the government has to look into. Someone has to do these risky activities so that the whole nation gets their, food and supplies readily available. So the care of these frontline employees is equally important as any others.
Many people who work in factories are left with no choice and they have to earn their bread and butter by taking every risky step ahead. Some workers got sick and were not able to take any coronavirus vaccines because of priority issues. They cannot even stay at home, but work and earn for their family to survive. They had common symptoms of losing their sense of taste and smell. Some had body aches, and to protect their family from contracting the virus, they shut themselves in a room where nobody could have access to them.
Talking about the workers in a garment manufacturing unit, they also have exposure to similar other employees who are also at a risk like them. Packing, sewing, and stitching all similar activities work rapidly, and the risk of spreading the virus is even faster. Even after the priorities are for those who are older than 65, disabled, and those with chronic conditions, they are not getting the supply of vaccines because of a shortage. Some of the workers say that this has been a denial because logistics workers were previously eligible through Phase 1B for early vaccines. But the state has opted for a change in the strategic plan and instead chose to go with an age-based vaccination strategy. Even those workers in the construction and garment industries are excluded from providing early vaccines.
Vaccine support based on age has diminished the chances of providing vaccine doses to people who work in restaurants, minimarts, and farms as well. The main reason for this rule change is the lack of enough vaccine doses that have not been catered to the needs of all. The only thing we could hope for is how the vaccine rollout mission works in March.