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To: Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Prioritize Frontline Essential Workers for COVID Vaccine
Put essential workers who have not had the option of working from home and are forced to interact with many people per day on the COVID vaccine distribution schedule under Group 1 of Phase 1B.
Añade los trabajadores esenciales que no pudieron trabajar en casa y deben interactuar con muchas personas por día al programa de distribución de la vacuna COVID en el Grupo 1 de la Fase 1B.
Why is this important?
For the last year, essential workers - such as grocery store clerks, bus drivers, and people in food service - have been working through a pandemic to ensure that families can continue to eat and stay alive. We are truly public servants, risking infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its mutations in service of the general public. Workers can’t control other people, such as those we interact with daily who do not take this pandemic seriously.
We are tired of putting on a friendly tone to ask customers, coworkers, and managers to please pull their masks over their noses. We are exhausted from going to work day after day, not knowing if today might be the day we bring home the virus that could kill us or our family members.
Our field is diverse; we are Black, disabled, immigrant, indigenous, Latinx, parents, students, working class. The federal government’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. We urge you to listen to experts who say that essential workers should be vaccinated now. Consider our sacrifices over the past year, and commit to repaying us by prioritizing us for the vaccine.