Friday, 16 Apr 2021

As more of the U.S. returns to indoor dining, restaurant workers clamor for vaccine access.

By Laney Pope, John Yoon, Danielle Ivory, Jasmine C. Lee and Amy Schoenfeld Walker

More and more of the United States has relaxed restrictions on indoor dining, but the number of states allowing workers in the restaurant industry to get a Covid-19 vaccine has been slow to rise.

Almost every state is vaccinating some subset of essential workers, following a recommendation by a committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the rollout of the vaccine to workers in the restaurant industry has been inconsistent.

Only about a third of states — at least 16 — have allowed some restaurant workers to get shots, according to a New York Times survey, though some workers are only eligible in certain counties. In comparison, at least 26 states and Washington, D.C., have begun allowing grocery store workers to be vaccinated.

Who Is Eligible for Vaccines in Each State

Every state has started widely vaccinating older adults, and some have started offering shots to younger people, too. All states have started expanding eligibility to other groups. See more »

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