USDOT Secretary in Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19, Recently Received Vaccine
Washington D.C. – Less than a week since being sworn into office, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.
Buttigieg’s Chief of Staff Laura Schiller released a statement on Monday informing that the Secretary would be quarantining for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive for the virus.
“After the agent’s test came back positive, we initiation contact tracing protocols immediately for any DOT staff that had been in contact with that individual,” Schiller said. “Secretary Buttigieg will take all necessary steps to ensure there is no spread, including quarantining for a period of 14 days, and will continue to follow all other CDC guidelines.”
Secretary Pete tested negative and is not experiencing symptoms, Schiller also stated.
Mr. Buttigieg’s first week on the job included multiple public speeches as well as appearances on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos and cable news shows such as MSNBC’s TheReidOut and CNN’s Tonight With Don Lemon.
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Further, Schiller also dropped some news that Secretary Buttigieg has already received the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“He received the first dose of the vaccination in recent weeks, and will receive the second dose when his quarantine is complete,” she informed.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) have been pushing for truckers to also have prioritized access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
“As the trucking industry is called upon to deliver vaccines across the country, it is imperative that truck drivers have prioritized access to the vaccine to minimize the potential for supply chain delays and disruptions,” Bill Sullivan, ATA’s executive vice president of advocacy, wrote to the CDC late last year. “The trucking industry is proud to play an outsized role in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, and we ask that you consider the essential nature of the trucking workforce as you implement plans for vaccine distribution.”
In a letter sent to the CDC last week, OOIDA also urged health officials to quickly make vaccinations available to truckers.
“Truck drivers have put their own health on the line to get the job done,” OOIDA wrote. “Please make truck drivers a priority in distributing the vaccine and make it available where they can access it easily.”
Photo courtesy of Secretary Pete Buttigieg/Twitter