The first vaccinations for COVID-19 were given to front-line staff on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.
“Mayo is following the guidance provided by federal and state authorities to prioritize groups for vaccinations, starting with hospital workers, emergency responders, and long term care staff,” a statement from Mayo Clinic said in part. “The initial priority will be to vaccinate Mayo health care personnel who are at high occupational risk for exposure to the SARS-CoV2 virus and those working in Mayo roles who are essential to the COVID-19 response.”
As supplies increase in 2021, the program will expand to include more health care personnel.
On Sunday, Dec. 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its guidance for prioritizing the next groups to receive the vaccine.
The next group after health care workers and long term care facility residents, referred to as 1b, will include anyone over 75-years-old and frontline essential workers. Police officers, firemen, postal workers, teachers, grocery store staff, corrections workers, and those working in manufacturing, food, and agriculture are all considered frontline essential workers.
The following group, called 1c, will include people age 65-74 and anyone age 16-64 with serious medical conditions. Group 1c will also include other essential workers like those working in transportation, medial, law, finance, construction, IT, and water.
The next phase, Group 2, will include all remaining people over 16 years of age who are recommended for the vaccine.