A panel from the CDC said it plans to distribute the vaccine to healthcare workers and nursing home residents first, but there’s another group that believes they should also be included.
The first responders are urging the state to be in the first round for the vaccine once it’s released.
Career and volunteer firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs are hoping to get the same priority as other front-line healthcare workers so they are in the first phase of early vaccination.
“Cops police paramedics nurses doctors if we are not healthy we are not able to take care of the public and being first in line to get the vaccine is the only way we are going to be able to help the public and take care of them,” President of Altoona Fire Fighters, Patrick Miller said.
AMED director, Garry Watters said paramedics and EMTs should be in the level 1A of distribution, alongside healthcare workers.