First round of COVID-19 vaccine rolled out to elderly and at-risk

With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed to hospitals throughout the U.S., senior citizens can start to see the end of the tunnel as they will be among the first to be vaccinated.

Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the vaccine will be rolled out, the Biden-Harris transition and the upcoming Senate elections in Georgia.

COVID-19 vaccine

After months of development, trial, developing distribution plans and more, the long awaited COVID-19 vaccine is being delivered to medical facilities throughout the country, giving hope to many retired Americans and frontline workers.

It has long been expected that states will provide nursing home residents and employees with the first batch of vaccines. This will allow these facilities to better serve their residents and allow them to return to full operation.

Fiesta said the next group will be elderly Americans who live independently. These individuals will receive the vaccine based on age or potential risk.

Biden-Harris transition

Fiesta said he is very much looking forward to working with the Biden administration, as they have signaled they will be advocates for issues such as social security, Medicare and more.

He said he is pleased with the nomination of Xavier Becerra to Health and Human Services Director. As a member of Congress Becerra played a big role in the inclusion of the public option in the Affordable Care Act and has been a proponent of expanding social security.

Fiesta expects Becerra to be confirmed with ease.

Georgia runoff

With two Senate seats up for grabs in Georgia, Fiesta and the ARA are working to elect the two Democratic candidates, as the incumbents have a poor voting record with the ARA. Fiesta said the ARA is conducting retiree to retiree phone banks in order to build support for the Democrats.


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