Amazon asks US to include warehouse and grocery staff in vaccine rollout

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Amazon.com has asked the US government to prioritize essential workers including its own warehouse, grocery shop and information centre staff for receipt of this COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter seen by journalists.

The request shows how the nation’s second-biggest private company, with 800,000 employees in the United States, considers the vaccine significant to keeping its employees secure and its facilities open. The US National Retail Federation created a similar request on the industry’s behalf Wednesday too.

Administration of the vaccine started Monday in the US, after emergency-use authorization past week. Early dosages have been set aside for health care workers and nursing home residents.

Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said the firm supports giving the vaccine to health care professionals and that crucial workers should come , in line with a government vaccine playbook in October. His letter was addressed to the head of an advisory panel at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, called ACIP.

“We request that ACIP continue to prioritize these essential workers who cannot work from home, like those working at Amazon fulfilment centres, AWS data centres and Whole Foods Market stores, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest appropriate time,” he wrote. Amazon owns the supermarket Whole Foods and operates the cloud computing company AWS.

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The letter was previously reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco. Editing by Chris Reese and David Gregorio.

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