Friday, December 11, 2020

AAPA Urges Vaccine Priority for Supply Chain Workers

Supply chain workers should be considered for priority access to COVID-19 vaccines, the American Association of Port Authorities and cargo transportation organizations wrote in a letter to federal leaders.

The groups wrote to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, and the Subcommittee on Transport & Safety that giving industry workers access will help prevent supply chain delays.

“Prioritizing vaccinations for freight, rail, port and energy workers will be a key intervention to help keep our critical supply chains operating, and to reinforce the resilience of our transportation networks,” according to the letter.

Over 650,000 people account for the supply chain workforce that moves goods vital to combatting the pandemic, said AAPA President and CEO Christopher J. Connor.

“Their dedication and perseverance has enabled commerce to continue flowing during a time of great risk to their personal health and well-being, ensuring the goods we want and need are available when and where we need them,” Connor said.