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December 9, 2020

Statement on Emergency Physicians’ Priority Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine

This statement was issued by ACEP on Dec. 9, 2020 -

The American College of Emergency Physicians supports all emergency physicians and their role on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. We believe all emergency physicians and emergency department staff members should be afforded Group 1A access to the COVID vaccine as recommended by the CDC and FDA so they can safely continue the fight against this pandemic.

ACEP encourages hospitals and state policymakers to make every effort to ensure that all emergency physicians and frontline staff have the opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as possible. This includes physicians working in a part-time or temporary staffing capacity (i.e., part-time, locum tenens, or other temporary staffing capacity), as well as those working in independent free-standing emergency departments. The management of emergency patients takes a team and we must ALL be safely there for our patients.

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