Boston Herald – Grocery and other essential workers who have toiled for a year on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are feeling left behind in the state’s vaccine rollout and say the powers that be are making “value judgments” in prioritizing other groups ahead of them.
Their frustrations have been growing in the days since President Biden essentially forced Gov. Charlie Baker’s hand in opening up vaccine eligibility to teachers ahead of the rest of the essential workers’ group in Massachusetts — which still lacks a definitive start date for access.
“There is a sense of relief that teachers are getting vaccinated. But we also think that the governor needs to understand that exposure is exposure and it goes across the board in many different industries,” said Gabe Camacho, political director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1445. “It seems that the governor is making value judgments that are beyond the control of anything that makes sense.”
Essential workers — a group that ranges from teachers, to food and agriculture workers, to public health workers, to public transit employees and rideshare drivers — are the next to gain access to potentially life-saving coronavirus vaccines in Massachusetts.