Vaccine Eligibility For Truckers

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Eugene K.'s Comment
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This is NOT a thread for opinions on the vaccines, or their efficacy or safety, or the politics of their distribution. Please take that elsewhere. This is strictly for the logistics of finding out if I am eligible and what the next steps would be to proceed. Please respect my request; I’m looking for information and not a cesspool of unfounded opinion.

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Hello all -

I am trying to find information on my eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine as a truck driver. A preliminary search suggests that we are eligible during “phase 1b,” but I can’t find a clearinghouse of information on what that means, when it starts, and how to register.

Is this system state-by-state? Should I contact my employee? As OTR drivers, would my eligibility be determined by my home address?

Anyone have any solid, verifiable information? Thanks so much!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Old School's Comment
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Eugene, as you can tell, helpful information is not readily available. As soon as it becomes available we will all hear about it. Just be patient. I have a feeling you will get some messages from your employer when this becomes readily available for drivers.

A Girl & her Dog (Tierra 's Comment
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From my understanding who get the vaccine is state by state . Here in Indiana it started with the older population. A clinic tried to distribute to teachers and had the supply confiscated since they were not following orders.

I would say look at your resident state .

OWI:

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KH's Comment
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It goes by state, I believe. The phases are a CDC recommendation that I'd guess that most states are following, but you'd have to check for info for a given state. I live in Maine and I know they have said they will only vaccinate residents since the vaccine is being distributed based on population, but I guess that doesn't mean that there aren't states that will vaccinate visitors. I looked at the info for Virginia, and it looks like transportation workers would be phase 1C, and all counties are currently in phase 1B. In any case, you should probably look at the info from individual states that you are curious about.

I found this page with links to the info for each state, in case that helps: State-by-State Guide to COVID Vaccine Information

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Delco Dave's Comment
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Just a heads up!! Try to schedule it day 1 of your home time in case it kicks your butt.

My wife got the moderna vaccine through her work, she had a real bad reaction to the 1st shot. Fever, chills head and body aches, in bed for 3 days. 2nd shot symptoms were the same but weren’t as severe, in bed whole next day then she was fine.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Others at her work had no problems with the shot other then a sore arm.

Tim F.'s Comment
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I looked into this also. While we are listed as “essential” workers under the transportation category, we are not considered “high exposure” transportation workers. Therefor...we (you) wait.

NYS now says I qualify for the vaccine on 2/15/21 based in my age and two co-morbidities. They also say that there won’t be enough vaccine available to give everyone for a couple months.

Keep trucking Eugene!!

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Our company posted something to the effect once its available they wll say so. And which terminals have it etc. BUT people who can afford to pay, wont be getting it for free go figure.

Not worryin' bout it as I don't plan getting it myself, unless it becomes Law or Mandated to get it !!!! (For passport to travel out of country)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Thanks all! Yeah that’s the vibe I was getting, just wait and see

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime is making arrangements to get it for us if we want it. Every state is different so even if prime has it in MO, they cannot ship it to the terminals in other states.

CVS in NJ was supposed to have it but the state delayed deployment. I have my mother on a waiting list in our county via a website

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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