Here’s Why Some Trucking Groups Want Truck Stops to Become ‘Mobile Vaccination Sites’
Washington D.C. – A coalition of trucking groups led by NATSO (formerly known as the National Association of Truck Stop Operators) is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to designate truck stops as “mobile vaccination sites.”
In a recent letter sent to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, NATSO and its coalition partners argue such a designation is needed in order to “distribute vaccines to professional truck drivers and truck stop employees.”
“Utilizing truck stops and travel plazas as mobile vaccination sites would alleviate significant challenges that truck drivers currently face in receiving an expedient vaccine,” the group wrote. “Many states, for example, currently require proof of residency to receive a vaccine. Truck drivers should be allowed to receive a vaccine in a state other than that within which they reside due to their length of time on the road and away from home.”
NATSO also argued that truckers should be allowed to receive their second vaccination at a different truck stop location since it may not be feasible to return to the same location due to the nature of the trucking profession.
“It is imperative that we protect those who are delivering critical supplies including the vaccine throughout the country. Allowing the truck stop industry, which provides the parking and other services drivers need on the road, to serve as mobile vaccination sites is the best way to meet this goal,” the coalition’s letter states.
NATSO is joined in this effort by the American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association, National Association of Small Trucking Companies, National Private Truck Council, National Tank Truck Carriers, and St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.
While truckers have not yet been given the green light to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they likely soon will be.
Recent polling suggests the majority of truckers do not wish to, or are at least hesitant, to get the vaccine.
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