VACCINE TEAM: Do truck drivers now qualify for the vaccine?

Updated: Feb. 26, 2021 at 8:00 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - On March 10, North Carolina will open vaccination appointments to the rest of “Frontline Essential Workers.” It includes a lot of different industries.

JD from Concord asked the Vaccine Team: “Truck drivers are normally considered as ‘transportation’ industry. But the criteria doesn’t seem to include truck drivers. Do we qualify now?”

It can be confusing because the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services only lists a few examples of the various jobs in each subgroup of Group 3 on its website.

I reached out to the NCDHHS. They told me, truck drivers are “Frontline Essential Workers.” Everyone who falls into Group 3, who is not working in education or in childcare, will be able to get your shot starting March 10th.

The guidelines the NCDHHS is following based on recommendations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency:

The advisory list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continue critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing operational functions, among others. It also includes workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure. This includes critical workers who will be involved in the research, development, manufacturing, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. The industries that essential workers support represent, but are not limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, and law enforcement.

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