Those of us in the industry need to be informed that we can receive the vaccine before Phase 2.

The CDC states that essential worker sectors recommended for vaccination in Phase 1c include those in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety (e.g., engineers), and public health workers. One of the difficulties is that several states, including New Jersey, do NOT have the term public health workers as one choice. Building/home services are the categories we should use; however, many do not know it.

Federal coordination of registering for the vaccine would make it easier and more consistent among the 50 states.

The system for registering people for the vaccine varies state by state and, in some states, county by county. In some cases, the vaccine is available but registering is not readily available.

There needs to be a system where each person finds out as soon as they can be vaccinated.

Being a New Jersey resident, I am finding that many who have registered are not contacted when their group is eligible. This causes delays, especially with older people not always being able to keep up with the news. In New Jersey, many people who register are not aware that their phase is in the email subject line.

A notification system that allows each eligible person to sign up would be beneficial.

There is much frustration with people who are eligible to sign up for the vaccine but cannot do so. I know several people included in Phase 1a or 1b but cannot find a place to get the vaccine. They have applied to several locations and are waiting. Having one site per state or county would be extremely helpful.

Letting everyone know that vaccination is not a “do whatever I want” pass, but rather another tool to reduce our risk.

Wearing a mask is another such tool, as is social distancing, and we want to keep up using as many tools as we can to protect ourselves.

by Jill Asch, MPH, CIH, CSP