Hotel Workers To Get Vaccine Under ‘Traveler Accommodation’ Provision
Hotel workers are now qualified to get the vaccines under the “Traveler Accommodation” provision of Phase 1c.
This is a move that has the full support of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry.
“Thanks to AHLA’s ongoing efforts, the CDC has updated its guidelines prioritizing hotel workers under Phase 1c of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, said AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers. “This is a significant achievement that directly impacts the health and safety of hotel workers across the country. It also recognizes that hotel employees continue to be on the front lines of the pandemic.
“From housing healthcare workers and first responders to now supporting the ongoing vaccine distribution, our industry is playing a vital role in supporting our communities as we battle this public health crisis. While hotels have protocols in place to ensure limited contact between employees and guests, prioritizing employees with access to the vaccine would provide another layer of protection.
“In partnership with UNITE HERE!, AHLA also renewed its call sending a letter to the National Governors Association advocating for inclusion of hotel workers in state vaccine distribution efforts. This follows AHLA’s comment with the CDC last month calling for hotel workers to be included in vaccine distribution under Phase 1c.
“Travel and tourism are critical drivers of the American economy, and while travel demand has hit record lows, ensuring hotel employees are prioritized during the vaccine rollout will help keep both employees and guests safe when it becomes safe to travel and resume meetings and events once again.”