Shefali Luthra | This story was originally published by The 19th
As states scramble to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, emerging challenges could complicate efforts to immunize non-health care frontline workers — especially in women-dominated groups such as grocery store workers, retail workers, teachers and child care providers.
Experts say it’s unclear if state health departments, already strapped for cash and tasked with overseeing the mammoth vaccine distribution project, are planning to adequately address the structural and logistical barriers that might keep those women from being able to get the vaccine as the U.S. death count continues to skyrocket.
Hourly employees must have time to get the injection without losing pay, experts say, and vaccinations need to be available during non-work hours. Women, especially those with…