As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be available in the United States, the federal government largely has left distribution up to the states. One of the biggest challenges facing states is to decide who should receive the vaccine first. The IAFC has developed a chart
which lists the priority tier to which firefighters and EMS personnel have been assigned in each state. It is important to note that the priority level for firefighters and EMS personnel is extremely
fluid and likely will change as states continue to develop their plans. IAFC members are also encouraged to contact the IAFC
if they learn any of changes to the priority classification for firefighters in their respective state.
All fire chiefs are encouraging to review their state’s plan and see how firefighters and EMS personnel in their state have been prioritized for access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Based on this prioritization level, the IAFC also encourages all fire chiefs to urge their governor’s office
and local public health department
to ensure that all firefighters and EMS personnel are placed on Tier 1A for access to a COVID-19 vaccine. IAFC members are encouraged to use the IAFC’s draft advocacy letter
when contacting local and state officials.
Evan Davis is a strategic government relations manager for the IAFC