CDC recommends financial services employees be in third phase of COVID vaccinations

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel on Sunday recommended that financial services workers be included in Phase 1c (the third phase) of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Credit union, bank and other financial services personnel should be prioritized for vaccine doses alongside workers in sectors considered “essential,” but with a substantially lower risk of exposure to COVID-19 than “frontline essential” workers, according to a CDC panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

In addition to financial services workers, Phase 1c also includes people over 65 and those 16 to 64 with high-risk conditions, in addition to employees in the transportation, food service, construction, IT and telecommunications, energy, media, legal, safety engineering and sewer and water industries, according to the ACIP.

Phase 1a, which includes health care workers and nursing home residents — are currently receiving vaccine doses. Next, Phase 1b, will include vaccinations for people over 75 and frontline essential workers in emergency services, education, food, agriculture, manufacturing, corrections, postal delivery, public transit and grocery stores, according to the ACIP.

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