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Pa. State Troopers Association criticizes states plan to vaccinate smokers before first responders – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association says troopers and other first responders should be getting the COVID-19 vaccine before smokers.Pennsylvania is in Phase 1A of its vaccination plan. It prioritizes smokers and others with high-risk conditions, along with health care workers and people 65 and older.First responders and most other frontline workers are in Phase 1B.This is in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.PSTA President David Kennedy issued the following statement on Friday:“I understand this decision comes at the recommendation of the CDC, but our commonwealth should reject this and place a higher priority on vaccinating first responders, who encounter COVID positive people every day. State troopers and first responders willingly risk their lives. If too many are stricken with the virus, public safety resources will be stretched to the brink. The commonwealth should immediately reject this tone-deaf recommendation and vaccinate first responders so they can focus on doing their jobs. Pennsylvania’s new Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam must create a vaccination plan based on common sense.”

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association says troopers and other first responders should be getting the COVID-19 vaccine before smokers.

Pennsylvania is in Phase 1A of its vaccination plan. It prioritizes smokers and others with high-risk conditions, along with health care workers and people 65 and older.

First responders and most other frontline workers are in Phase 1B.

This is in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PSTA President David Kennedy issued the following statement on Friday:

“I understand this decision comes at the recommendation of the CDC, but our commonwealth should reject this and place a higher priority on vaccinating first responders, who encounter COVID positive people every day. State troopers and first responders willingly risk their lives. If too many are stricken with the virus, public safety resources will be stretched to the brink. The commonwealth should immediately reject this tone-deaf recommendation and vaccinate first responders so they can focus on doing their jobs. Pennsylvania’s new Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam must create a vaccination plan based on common sense.”

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