Minnesota's front-line workers wait their turn for COVID vaccine
March 24, 2021
As an essential worker at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Glen Brown is on the list to get a health-protecting, anxiety-reducing shot of COVID-19 vaccine. But the 48-year-old diabetic hasn't a clue about when he might get it.
"We're front-line, but I haven't had a chance to get one yet," said Brown, who drives carts or pushes wheelchairs carrying passengers through the terminal. "I'll feel a lot better after getting the vaccine. Right now, I spray myself with Lysol after [passengers] touch me."
After spending the last year having to choose between risking their health or losing their livelihoods while navigating a pandemic, Minnesota's front-line workers are now eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. But as with the state's senior population, getting a place in line is no guarantee that vaccination is imminent. Thousands of workers continue risking infection as they wait.