People over 75, essential workers next in line for vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — An expert committee has put people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers, and grocery store workers next in line for COVID-19 shots as a second vaccine began rolling out to hospitals.

The developments came as a desperately-needed boost while the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. The U.S. is trying to ramp up a vaccination program that only began in the last week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says initial shots have gone to about 556,000 Americans so far.

Westhills Vaccine 7

Trucks left the factory in Olive Branch, Mississippi (near Memphis) with the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.

The much-needed shots are expected to be given starting Monday.

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