Essential workers, older seniors next COVID vaccine priority groups

 

Vaccine advisors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today recommended the next two priority groups—seniors, essential workers, and people with underlying health conditions—to receive the nation’s growing supply of COVID-19 vaccine after healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

The recommendation comes as shipments of the newly authorized Moderna COVID-19 vaccine make their way to states and amid federal projections that there will be enough vaccine to vaccinate 20 million people in December, 30 million in January, and 50 million in February.

In a related development today, the CDCannouncedthat it has accepted therecommendation of its vaccine panel yesterday for emergency use of Moderna’s vaccine, clearing the way for immunization with the second vaccine to begin.

 

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