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The Elderly vs. Essential Workers: Who Should Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First? – The New York Times

The C.D.C. will soon decide which group to recommend next, and the debate over the trade-offs is growing heated. Ultimately, states will determine whom to include….

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In September, academic researchers analyzed the Department of Homeland Securitys list of essential workers and found that it broadly mirrored the demographics of the American labor force. The researchers proposed a narrower, more vulnerable category frontline workers, such as food deliverers, cashiers and emergency medical technicians, who must work face to face with others and are thus at greater risk of contracting the virus.
By this definition, said Francine D. Blau, a labor economist at Cornell…

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