A committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines Dec. 20 suggesting construction workers receive COVID-19 vaccine shots in the program rollout’s third phase, after they are provided to the elderly and to health care and other “frontline” essential workers, according to www.enr.com. The third phase could start from February to late spring if the vaccination program goes smoothly.
Brian Turmail, a spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America, said the guidelines, which are built on federal classifications for essential workers created earlier during the pandemic, are believed to cover all types of construction workers, regardless of project or trade. AGC clarified the point with the CDC Dec. 21 after a presentation Dec. 20 regarding the guidelines seemed to indicate only construction workers employed on housing and shelter-related projects belong in the third phase.
In general, states and cities will determine the order in which vaccines created to prevent COVID-19 will be provided.