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New York, Washington, D.C. and more localities where restaurant workers can get the COVID-19 vaccine

Only a few cities and states so far have committed to a timeline for vaccine distribution to foodservice workers

In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorized foodservice workers as “other essential workers” and were included in their recommendation for groups to get early COVID-19 vaccinations. The CDC did not give a specific timeline estimate for when they might become available for vaccination, but restaurant workers were placed in Group 1C after frontline essential workers and elderly Americans. 

The National Restaurant Association advocated for foodservice workers to be placed in group 1b instead of 1c when the CDC rolled out its vaccine distribution recommendations.

However, the CDC plan is only a recommended set of guidelines and states and cities have largely created their own vaccine rollout plans. Though many localities’ vaccination plans are based on the CDC guidelines, by the beginning of February, most localities had only just entered the second wave of vaccine distribution. 

New York State and Detroit just announced eligibility for restaurant workers in early February, while other localities like Colorado and Chicago have announced a timeline for restaurant workers to begin receiving the vaccination later this spring.

We’ve rounded up a list of the states, cities, and counties that have either begun vaccinating foodservice workers or announced a date for restaurant worker eligibility. This list will be regularly updated as more are added.

Contact Joanna Fantozzi at [email protected]

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