California Vaccine Guidelines Prioritize Marijuana Workers Over Teachers, Promoting ‘Equity’

According to the “Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guidelines” from the California Department of Public Health, medical marijuana workers are being prioritized ahead of those working in education or childcare services, as well as many over the age of 65.

Updated on February 13, the guidelines define two phases — Phase 1A and Phase 1B — which describe vaccine eligibility for various groups “based on available supply.”

Phase 1A applies to 3,142,166 Californians under the “healthcare workers and LTC residents” category, while Phase 1B applies to 5,960,528 Californians under the “food/agriculture, education/healthcare, and emergency services” category, and 6,254,300 Californians in the “over 65 years-old” category.

The guidelines also include a section titled “Achieving equity,” which states that “This age-based framework will be coupled with a vaccine distribution and engagement approach that prioritizes disproportionately impacted communities, settings, and populations to ensure those eligible for vaccines within these communities are more likely to receive it.”

By the California Department of Public Health’s

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