COVID-19 vaccines are currently being given to Phase 1A, frontline health care workers and residents and staff at long-term care facilities.
On December 20, 2020, the CDC recommended that people age 75 and older and “frontline essential workers,” such as emergency responders, teachers, manufacturing workers, and grocery store employees, be included in the next wave, Phase 1B.
Phase 1C will then include truck drivers, people 65-74 years old, those between 16 and 64 with high-risk medical conditions, and “other essential workers” such as transportation and logistics workers, food service workers, and more.
However, states have the final say on how vaccines are distributed.
For instance, Arkansas put truck drivers in Phase 1B ahead of adults 65 years and older and adults of any age with chronic health conditions while Alabama put long-distance truck drivers in the fourth phase, along with groups such as office workers who do not have frequent close contact with coworkers, customers, or the public.
When will truckers receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
As with any large scale manufacturing, distribution, and inoculation plans, this is a moving target and will depend on your state.
Currently, there is not enough vaccine available for people in Phase 1B and 1C.
According to U.S. projections, December should have had 20 million vaccines for people, 30 million in January, and 50 million in February.
It is estimated that Phases 1A and 1B will include around 73 million people and Phase 1C will add another 129 million people.
Additionally, even if there are vaccines available at clinics, the roll-out of actually getting people vaccinated has been much slower than predicted.
Health officials are emphasizing the need to continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing, including those who are receiving the vaccine, to reduce spread until enough people can receive the vaccine.
Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Our CNS Occupational Medicine Team will be offering the COVID-19 Vaccine soon in Pennsylvania.
- We will only be offering CDC recommended and approved vaccines.
- COVID-19 Vaccine will be offered in phases, starting with healthcare workers, then the elderly and first responders and many other essential workers, and lastly the general population.
- The CDC is offering an app called V-Safe for check-ins and to record and report any side effects.
Vaccine Administration length: 15 minutes.
Are you concerned for your staff and/or drivers and their COVID-19 exposure?
We offer on-site pre-shift screenings, screening questionnaires and temperature screenings for your distribution site, terminal, construction site or office.
Antigen tests are most effective when regular tests are administered, while Antibody Testing provides insight into an employees’ COVID-19 exposure by determining whether they have developed COVID-19 antibodies.
With all of the IFTA and IRP audits, Compliance Navigation Specialists, Adam Galante and Chris Kiehl, talk about Electronic Record Keeping Requirements to stay compliant.
Imagine driving down a road and looking into the window of a truck and seeing no driver. That is starting to become the reality of the trucking industry! The invention of autonomous trucks are becoming more popular as the technology improves. The use of radar and cameras on trucks are helping the truck to be more safe, but there is still a long road ahead.
There are fewer and fewer drivers pursuing a career in trucking every year. The FMCSA says that by 2024, there could be 175,000 less truck drivers on the road. For this reason, trucking professionals and industry leaders are trying to get ahead by technology. Some trucking companies are using radar technology, while others are using cameras as their primary safety control and radar as backup.
The technology already exists for trucks to drive on highways but when it comes to urban areas, there are more issues because of pedestrians, right-of-ways, traffic lights, stop signs, etc. This is tougher to program because there are so many unknowns and it can be very dangerous for pedestrians crossing the street. The truck must also understand all rules of the road and be as alert as a real truck driver before it can become more popular.
As of October 2017, there have been autonomous trucks delivering for FrigidAire. They are currently making 650 mile trips from Texas to California only, but are looking to increase the number of places that they drive and the distance that they drive. FrigidAire uses companies that use radar technology.
Companies such as TuSimple use cameras to pinpoint where on the road they are, and where there are other vehicles. They equip the truck with about 10 cameras and use radar as backup. These cameras can detect danger 300 meters which provides the truck plenty of time to stop in case of an emergency.
While both of those technologies still use a human to override control if needed, the real future of the industry is eliminating the human element, and that is what Uber is aiming to do with their technological strides. Currently, their trucks drive a distance on the highway, but as soon as the truck exits the highway, a driver enters the truck to in to take it the rest of the way.
The trucking industry, regulated by the FMCSA, always tries to keep up with the newest technology to keep their truckers and other people on the roads safe. Autonomous trucks are the newest technology in the industry and can help solve the issue of a declining number of truck drivers. Technologies such as radar technology and cameras on trucks will eventually be able to eliminate the need for trucker drivers behind the wheel.
Truck driving may be a great career choice for you. There are many benefits to becoming a truck driver. With the shortage of truck drivers, Class A CDL licensed drivers are making more money than ever before in addition to the great benefits that they are receiving.
1. The pay is above average
Class A CDL drivers are making an average of $45,000 per year, which is well
above the average factory worker. This is due in part to the shortage of drivers that are available. Qualified drivers are earning more every year.
2. The benefits can help you and your family
Many trucking companies will give you benefits such as dental, medical, paid
time off and a 401k. These benefits can help you stay safe and healthy, while also enjoying your time off with your family.
3. Get paid to travel the country
Being a truck driver means you are getting paid to drive. Imagine all the things
that you could see while you were driving. If you are driving a load from New
York to Texas, you would be driving through so many different states and seeing so many cultures and landscapes.
4. Meet new people from all over the country
Traveling across the country and stopping at different rest-stops, along the way,
means you will have the opportunity to meet new people. It can be a great
opportunity to make connections and network. Another opportunity to meet people will come when you get to your final destination and drop off your load.
There are many benefits to becoming a truck driver and the benefits are only increasing. As less people are becoming truck drivers, the benefits continue to increase in order to attract them. Qualified drivers can earn well above the average and get the opportunity to travel.