VA Expands Vaccination to Some Non-Health Care Staff as Postal Workers Face Uncertainty

U.S. Postal Service employees, meanwhile, are still searching for answers on how and when they will receive a vaccine. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel last month recommended USPS workers be included in Phase 1B of the distribution plan, after health care workers and long-term care residents. USPS has said the decision is ultimately up to states, however, and there has yet to be any scaled effort to vaccinate postal workers specifically even as states have advanced to the relevant distribution stage.

“The U.S. Postal Service continues to work toward a standardized priority opportunity for our employees who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Mauresa Pittman, a USPS spokeswoman. “The Postal Service has done so by working with federal, state and local stakeholders to develop a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for postal employees.”

Pittman emphasized, however, that employees should stay abreast of the vaccination plans in their home states and get an inoculation “at the first opportunity available to them.”

 


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