On Monday, April 5, several new groups will become eligible statewide for the COVID-19 vaccine. One of these is frontline workers.
A frontline worker is someone who has a job that puts them at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 because of:
- Regular close contact with others outside of their household (less than 6 feet); and
- Routine – more than 15 minutes per person(s) – close contact with others outside of their household; and
- They cannot perform their job duties from home or another setting that limits the close or routine contact with others outside of their household.
This includes many different jobs and industries. Refer to Page 2 of this infographic to see whether your job qualifies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a more exhaustive list of definitions.
People will need to determine for themselves whether they are a frontline worker. The state is not requiring verification that a person falls within a specific category, though you may be asked at a vaccination site what category you fall into.
This article first appeared in the April 1, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.