(KFOX14/CBS4) — Employees of the Texas Trucking Association are anticipating vaccines will be available to them as early as April.
This comes after leadership at the Texas Trucking Association working with the office of Texas’ Governor Gregg Abott since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, truckers have continued carrying and delivering their freight without interruption. While truckers are not included in the category of “essential employees,” it is no doubt their work is essential to cities and states all throughout the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended back in December, essential employees who work in fields such as transportation should be part of phase 1-C for the vaccine.
The President of the Texas Trucking Association, John Esparza said the association has been pushing for vaccine availability for employees who aren’t included in the categories 1-A and 1-B.
“I feel like Texas has done a really good job, I know we heard from the governor just the other night, leading the country in the amount of vaccinations that are being sent out there, we’re also a very large state so we can anticipate that as well but we don’t expect that trucking will be too far behind in the coming weeks as to where we can start seeing vaccinations applied directly to the transportation modes,” said Esparza.
You can check out the timeline of the vaccine rollout at the Texas Department of State Health Services.