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Nevada truckers essential to vaccine rollout, nationwide driver shortage grows

Posted at 9:07 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 02:18:14-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The first vaccine to fight COVID-19 is quickly making its way across the United States and into the arms of frontline healthcare workers and all of it made possible using trucks.

Paul Enos with the Nevada Trucking Association says both FedEx and UPS have hired thousands of drivers for the vaccine distribution but also for pandemic-driven home holiday shopping and freight demand that has continued to spike since March.

13 Action News has been told truckers will be vaccinated in the second tier population plan for vaccine distribution.

"It's our frontline healthcare workers first, truckers come in that second-tier priority along with other folks who ensure the supply chain, which isn't just truckers, it's folks in manufacturing facilities, it's the people stocking the shelves at grocery stores," said Enos.

Enos says there are 55,000 fewer trucker drivers than this same time in 2019, due to the pandemic and a more robust nationwide tracking system for commercial drivers with DUIs and drug-related driving infractions.