COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization


Canadian Chapter Advocacy:

Dear Colleagues:

Not only do we care about your education, training, and careers but we care about your health. That is why we have contacted the Public Health Agency of Canada to request that specific essential public works personnel be considered for inclusion in the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)’s Guidance on the prioritization of initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine(s). Ultimately, the provinces and territories have the authority to decide the priority. We felt it was important to first reach out to the federal government, and then we will provide guidance to APWA Chapters and members for contacting the appropriate provincial and territorial agencies to make them aware of the variety of jobs within public works that are so critical to the public safety and health of all Canadians. Your advocacy is essential to this effort.

Public works directors from across the United States and Canada have provided us with their recommendations regarding which job functions should receive priority vaccinations, as outlined and referenced in the letter to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

If there are other job functions that you think should be included please contact Anne Jackson, APWA Director of Canadian Government Affairs, at as soon as possible. We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation.