On October 2, 2020, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the 2020 Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. As part of Phase 1a: High-Risk Workers in Health Care Facilities, the Committee included: morticians, funeral home workers and other deathcare professionals. This definition is an update from the preliminary draft framework that was issued last month which only specified mortician and funeral home workers as part of Phase 1a. The ICCFA successfully advocated to expand the definition to include “other deathcare professionals”, such as cemetery and crematory workers.
The National Academies Framework will guide the federal government’s process to develop an allocation prioritization for a COVID-19 vaccine once approved. The ICCFA will continue to work to ensure all deathcare workers are accounted for.
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