Handling the organization, distribution, and overall logistics of the COVID-19 vaccine is a complicated nightmare. Thankfully, each state has a plan in place. One state’s plan includes a surprising choice on who gets it first.
Each state in the U.S. has its own plan for doling out the COVID-19 vaccine.Those at the top of the list include obvious professionals like healthcare workers and emergency responders. But in Vermont, that first wave of vaccines will also go to ski patrollers.
This past week, Vermont changed its policies regarding priority for vaccine distribution. The state is currently distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to “health care workers likely to be exposed/treat Covid-19 patients,” according to它的指导方针.
“They still fit the category of being a first responder who’s directly in contact with a human being who is often in a vulnerable situation, and for a long time, because of the nature of the work they do,” Mark Levine from the Vermont Department of Health told佛蒙特州滑雪和骑.
And ski patrollers at resorts, including Mount Snow, Killington, Stratton, and more, have already been vaccinated,Unofficial Networks reported.
科罗拉多州的第一阶段vaccine distributionwill go to those working directly with COVID-19 patients, as well as “health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients and EMS workers.” Firefighters, police, and emergency response personnel will also receive vaccines in the first wave.
根据Steamboat Pilot, the next wave “will likely also include Steamboat Ski Patrol.”
Various news sources have also reported that patrollers and emergency workers in ski towns like Vail, Loveland, andJackson Hole可以作为初始剂量的一部分接受疫苗。
Current EMT paramedic certifications or employer-issued ID from an eligible first responder or emergency organization are all that’s needed to qualify for the vaccine.
In many cases, ski patrollers work as first responders, often in rural areas. And sometimes even in hospital settings.
The National Ski Patrol published this statement in December 2020:
In the meantime, resort visitors should remember to follow posted guidelines, wear a mask — and perhaps thank the local ski workers. Because if there’s an emergency, they’re out there to help, vaccinated or not.