California Cannabis Workers Now Included In First Phase of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Those working in California’s medical cannabis industry are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, under new guidelines issued last week by the state’s department of public health. 

Those workers are included under Phase 1A, the highest priority tier for the coronavirus vaccination, a “clarification” the agency said was necessary due to “to overlapping definitions in the Health Care and Public Health and Food and Agriculture Essential Workforce definitions.”

The department says that Phase 1A eligibility includes individuals “at risk of direct patient exposure in settings” that are included under California’s essential workforce list. 

This “includes both clinical and non-clinical roles,” according to the department of public health, along with “workers who come into direct contact with the virus through research, development, manufacturing or testing are included” and “workers who are manufacturing vaccine, therapeutics, devices, supplies or personal protective equipment supporting the COVID-19 response.” It also includes long-term care residents.

In its clarification issued last Thursday, the department said that cannabis industry employees are now included in 1A, while those involved in “food and agriculture for growing, production, storage, transport and distribution” are now included in Phase 1B. 

Phase 1B includes individuals aged 65 and older, as well as those working

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