Older People, Some Essential Workers Should Get Vaccines Next, CDC Panel Says
December 21, 2020
People who are ages 75 and older and frontline essential workers should be next in line to get a COVID-19 vaccine, a federal advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined Sunday.
Those groups follow frontline health care workers and nursing home residents, who have already begun receiving the limited supplies of vaccines available.
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices held a vote Sunday to determine the order of high-risk priority groups for Phase 1 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which encompasses the first months of vaccine distribution. Federal officials anticipate having enough doses to immunize around 100 million people in the U.S. by the end of February 2021 - around a third of the U.S. population.