Medical Marijuana Workers Get Vaccine Priority Over Teachers, School Bus Drivers In California

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is causing controversy in California as worker priorities are established.

Workers such as teachers and school bus drivers have ended up lower on the vaccine list than many would have expected.

The San Francisco Gate reports:

‘Medical marijuana workers — including delivery drivers and retail employees — are being pushed to near the front of the line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

‘Cannabis industry employees are included in Phase 1a for medicinal cannabis,’ reads a notice from the California Department of Public Health issued Saturday. Growers, producers and others involved in the distribution process will be included in Phase 1b — where food and agricultural workers are currently placed.

But some essential workers, namely teachers, are expressing concern over the prioritization of cannabis dispensers — especially as the debate to reopen schools rages on in the state. Teachers are currently in Phase 1b of coronavirus vaccine distribution.

The state is inoculating individuals who qualify under Phases 1a and 1b. That said, individuals in Phase 1b are being vaccinated ‘as supplies allow,’ according to the state.

‘Cannabis delivery drivers before school bus drivers and teachers?’ asked Austin Beutner, Los Angeles schools superintendent, in a tweet. ‘Makes no sense to me.'”

For the rest of the story, visit the San Francisco Gate here.

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