Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, Joseph Lupo, an employee of the grocery chain Lidl, arranges carrots in the produce aisle at the grocery market where he works in Lake Grove, N.Y., after getting vaccinated against coronavirus earlier in the day. The German grocery chain is offering a $200 financial incentive all workers who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Lupo, a Lidl supervisor who fell ill with the virus in March, was elated to get his first vaccine dose. "I never ever want to... Kathy Willens

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, licensed practical nurse Sandra Reeve, left, holds an alcohol swab on the arm of grocery worker Joseph Lupo after administering the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination to Lupo at an arena on the campus of Suffolk County Community College, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Brentwood, N.Y. Lupo, a Lidl supervisor who fell ill with the virus in March, was elated to get his first vaccine dose. "I never ever want to get COVID again, or see anybody else get... Kathy Willens

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, Lidl employee Joseph Lupo makes his rounds tidying up in the Long Island grocery store where he works in Lake Grove, N.Y. Earlier in the day, Lupo received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at a Suffolk County Community College vaccination hub located in a giant arena repurposed for vaccinations. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, Lidl grocery market supervisor Joseph Lupo pauses in an aisle at the store where he works in Lake Grove, N.Y., after getting the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine earlier in the day. Nearly two months after the U.S. began its COVID-19 vaccination drive, many grocery workers are still waiting their turn. At least 11 states are not prioritizing grocery workers at all, while many others have bumped them down in favor of people 65 and older, an... Kathy Willens

  • Lidl employee Joseph Lupo, arranges bananas in the produce aisle of the market where he works, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Lake Grove, N.Y. Earlier in the day, Lupo received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The German grocery chain is offering $200 to any employee who gets vaccinated as an incentive. Lupo, who fell ill with the virus in March, was elated to get his first vaccine dose. "I never ever want to get COVID again, or see anybody else get it," said Lupo, 59. (AP... Kathy Willens

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, grocery supervisor Joseph Lupo, left, arranges cookies in the shelves at the Lidl food market in Lake Grove, N.Y., where he works after getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination earlier in the day. Lupo, who fell ill with the virus in March, was elated to get his first vaccine dose. "I never ever want to get COVID again, or see anybody else get it," said Lupo, 59. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, a customer asks Lidl employee Joseph Lupo, right, for help finding a product inside the Lidl grocery market in Lake Grove, N.Y. Lupo received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccination earlier in the day. The German grocery chain is offering $200 in extra pay to employees willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Lupo, a Lidl supervisor who fell ill with the virus in March, was elated to get his first vaccine dose. "I never ever want to get... Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte helps two customers Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at his small grocery store in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte, president of the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York, has been lobbying local officials to set aside vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes that the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will make access easier. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte prepares coffee for a customer, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at his store in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte, president of the Bodega and Small Business Association of New York, said he has been lobbying local officials to set aside appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes that the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will make access easier. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Bronx bodega owner Francisco Marte winces as he sips a homemade concoction that he hopes will improve his immune system while he waits for the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccination, Feb. 10, in New York. AP PHOTO

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte restocks his currently unused food service counter with water bottles, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte president of the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York, said he's been lobbying local officials to set aside COVID-19 vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes that the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will make... Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte assists a customer, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at his store in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte heads up the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte pauses behind the counter in his store, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte, president of the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York, said he's been lobbying local officials to set aside COVID-19 vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will make access easier. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte, left, assists a customer with her purchase, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte heads up the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York. Francisco Marte, president of the Bodega and Small Business Association of New York, said said he has been lobbying local officials to set aside appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Frank Marte, left, serves a customer as his cat Ramon, lower left, sits beneath a display case, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte, who heads up the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York, said he's been lobbying local officials to set aside COVID-19 vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will... Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Frank Marté Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marté heads up the head of the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York. He said he has been lobbying local officials to set aside COVID-19 vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will make access easier for people like him. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

  • Bodega owner Francisco Marte poses in front of a sign outside his deli-style store, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte president of the Bodega and Small Business Association of New York, which represents bodegas in New York, says he's lobbied local officials to set aside COVID-19 vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kathy Willens

Published: 2/16/2021 8:29:15 PM

Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable




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