3个滑雪巡逻队在佛蒙特州
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佛蒙特州滑雪巡逻队接收第一波Covid疫苗

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.

那么改变了什么?滑雪巡逻队现在算作医疗保健工人。该决定引发了争议,但佛蒙特州卫生官员认为这一举动是有道理的。

“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.

我们查看了其他几个国家的分发时间表,以查看此协议是否是全国范围的常见。

滑雪巡逻队疫苗

虽然佛蒙特州是唯一一个明确地包括滑雪巡逻队在其第一波士资格中的唯一状态,但少数其他国家的指导方针会让它开放到一些解释。

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。

加州,犹他州,纽约和马萨诸塞州都有类似的第一个受访者指导。在许多国家,资格要求具有更坚定的指导方针。

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:

“我们了解最多,如果并非所有这些计划都将使用CDC建议的优先级,并使前线保健工作者提供疫苗。第二和第三级分布[包括]其他响应者,警察,火,EMS,搜救和救援等人,以及涉及Covid-19患者的社区事件的其他人。“

真的,当地理区域有疫苗剂量时,这一切都归结为。

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.

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