BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Hand sanitizer in bars is now common in restaurants, vaccinated employees are common too, but it will take some time.
New York is currently vaccinating individuals in phases 1A and 1B. The CDC recommends food service workers for phase 1C vaccination, along with other key worker groups.
New York State Restaurant Association President and CEO Melissa Fleischut said the industry was not pushing to move away from group 1A and 1B phases, but wanted a vaccine as quickly as possible.
“When we started to see industries getting vaccinated outside of our frontline workers, outside our population aged 65 and over, or even people with immune disorders, when we started getting into certain industries, I thought we felt like the food industry has to be at the forefront because we have been greatly affected by restrictions and closures and because we face the public, “he said.
Giacobbi Cucina Citta manager Alex Jacobbi said if he could get the vaccine tomorrow he would, but frontline and field workers should remain a priority in phases 1A and 1B.
“We are willing to wait for the totem pole,” said Jacobbi. But if we can get to it sooner that’s fine, otherwise we’ll have to wait, but that’s how it is. “
When asked if restaurant workers would be in the current or next feasibility stage, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was back to supplying.
“Yes, I would like to see restaurant workers qualify, that makes a lot of sense, but what does eligibility mean when you don’t have the necessary supplies,” Cuomo said.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found cooks have the highest risk of dying during a pandemic when compared to non-pandemic time when observing critical workers in California.
The study found that bartenders and head chefs also had an increased risk of death.
However, the study says that other factors could play a role.
“While non-occupational risk factors may be relevant, it is clear that eliminating COVID-19 will require addressing occupational risks,” said the study.
Cuomo allows indoor dining to continue at 50% capacity outside New York City. The 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants is still in effect.
Fleischut said the restaurant prioritizes safety measures, but vaccines are key to reducing restrictions safely.
“We believe we can do this safely and protect our guests and employees when they return to eating, but you know having that type of vaccine removes that variable from our hands,” he said. do everything we can, but we need guests to do all they can, so it would be great to get the vaccine as fast as possible. “
For those who already qualify, state appointments are being booked until mid-April.