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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 18, 2020 01:50 PM
From: Representative Brian Sims
To: All House members
Subject: Vaccination Prioritzation
The development and emergency use authorizations of COVID-19 vaccines is a sign that the end of this pandemic is in sight, but the process of vaccinating as many people as possible will be complex. There has been a great deal of deliberation over the order in which people should be vaccinated, and we must ensure that the currently limited supply of vaccines goes to those who need it the most.

There has been discussion over whether state legislators and other elected officials should be toward the “front of the line” to receive the vaccine. We cannot receive special treatment. With the ability to work remotely, we should not receive any undue prioritization for vaccination over health care workers, teachers, service employees, staff at medical facilities, transportation workers, food supply workers, and many others who may not be able to work from home and are regularly exposed to other people because of their jobs or residences.

My resolution will urge the Department of Health to prioritize the needs of people who are at increased risk, cannot work from home, or cannot avoid exposure to others.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important resolution.

Introduced as HR16