Transit operators ‘thrown under the bus’ in statewide vaccine distribution plan

By Carly Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt

Muni union leader says members are ‘disgusted’ at by move to de-prioritize them for protection

Transit operators have been vital to San Francisco’s survival during the pandemic.

Drivers from Muni, BART and other Bay Area transportation networks have carried seniors to healthcare appointments, low income families to food banks, and essential workers to workplaces that provide vital services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants.

They’ve also been there to provide support to unhoused residents, individuals with limited mobility and other vulnerable populations typically less able to use alternative transportation options.

Yet they’re no longer prioritized alongside other essential workers in the state’s latest COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week, which shifts from a sector-based system to an age-based system…(more)

This could explain why a lot of drivers are quitting.

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