Vaccine Distribution – Broadcasters as 1(c) Essential Workers

There has been no change in the vaccine priority for broadcasters.  The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has published a recommended priority list for the distribution of vaccines.  As you know, those employed in broadcasting have been considered essential workers by the DHS CSIC and by New York State.  According to the ACIP, broadcasters are listed as 1(c) essential employees.  Here is the ACIP’s description of the types of essential workers and its vaccine priorities:

Phase 1b – Frontline essential workers: first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.

Phase 1c – All other essential workers: workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, and public safety (e.g., engineers), and public health workers.

Starting yesterday January 11th, New York is proceeding to vaccinate 1(b) essential workers.  According to NY DOH:

“As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines. ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.

    • Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.
    • People age 65 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.”

Use our online tool to find a location. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.”

As of this writing, there is no schedule for vaccinating 1(c) essential workers, including broadcasters.  Based on Governor Cuomo’s press briefings, it appears they may follow the ACIP recommendations.  New York has created several advisory committees:  the Clinical Advisory Task Force; the Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force and the Vaccine Equity Task Force.

New York will hopefully complete vaccinating medical workers, nursing home residents, EMS workers and health care workers in the next few weeks. This week NY Department of Health will vaccinate ambulatory care workers and public facing healthcare workers, including those conducting COVID tests. It will then shift to other essential workers.

At this point it is not entirely clear when vaccines will be available for broadcasters.  We are keeping a close watch on the process.

To see the ACIP’s recommendations click HERE.

To See NY State Vaccine website click HERE.