New Information on Essential Workers
According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), now that states and localities are in the process of distributing COVID-19 vaccines in varying stages or phases, vaccine eligibility is based on a number of factors, including age, medical history, the occupation of the individual and other considerations.
Many jurisdictions are giving priority to individuals that are considered “essential workers” as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Please note that CISA’s guidelines are advisory to states and localities, not mandatory. While some states may specifically reference CISA’s guidance, others are likely to make their own determinations. According to the CISA guidance, equipment dealers likely fit into more than one category.
MHEDA has provided a letter template for members to certify that a business and its employees are engaged in an essential activity to determine eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please be aware that this letter is self-certifying and not an official government document. You should review all material that you provide to your employees with your own counsel and consider putting it on your company’s letterhead. The situation is everchanging, and it's important to be aware of local and state rules and guidelines.
Learn More About the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (Shared with permission from AED) (1-26-2020) and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker COVID Vaccination Letter Template (1-26-2020)