The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends older adults and front-line essential workers as the next groups to receive the coronavirus vaccines.
The advisers voted 13-1 Sunday to put adults 75 and older and essential workers including first responders in “Phase 1b” of the U.S.’s massive vaccination process, CNN reported.
“They really serve to address the current lack of vaccine supply and address those individuals with the highest risk of disease,” Dr. Jose Romero, chair of the committee, said of the recommendations, CNN reported.
In other action, the committee voted to put adults ages 65-75, those ages 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions and other essential workers in Phase 1c, CNN reported.
The initial phase of the vaccine rollout currently underway has prioritized health care workers and those who work or reside in long-term care facilities.
As of Monday, the U.S. has reported roughly 17.9 million coronavirus cases and 318,000 virus-related deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.