Coin Laundry Association Advocates for Laundromat Staff to Be Vaccinated

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CLA, the trade association for the vended laundry industry stresses that essential laundromat workers be prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinating laundromat workers supports stated goals to ensure equity in the immunization process.

Coin Laundry Association (CLA) is calling on state and local public health authorities to prioritize the vaccination of frontline workers at laundromats to protect them from COVID-19 and ensure on-going access to laundry services by the general public. Laundromat workers have been deemed essential by both the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and every individual state who agree that laundromats are essential.

“More than 120,000 essential laundromat employees remain hard at work throughout the COVID crisis,” said Brian Wallace, President and CEO of CLA. “They have been instrumental in delivering stepped up disinfection and social distancing protocols – all while providing clean clothes for tens of millions of families each and every week.”

According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the next phase of immunization priority should focus on the critical infrastructure workforce. Along with such important sectors as grocery, public transit and education; frontline workers at laundromats provide an important service to public.

“I think laundromats risk getting lost in the shuffle,” said Wallace. “While the invaluable grocery store clerks and public transit workers come to mind quite easily, the frontline workers in America’s laundromats have been unsung contributors to maintaining access to clean clothes. Vaccinating laundromat workers supports stated goals to ensure equity in the immunization process. Our workers come from the diverse, often low-income neighborhoods they serve.”

Coin Laundry Association is ready to assist health authorities in reaching laundromat workers as well as those families who visit the laundromats. Based on proximity to need and weekly contact with at-risk populations, laundromats can serve as an efficient connection to hard-to-reach families with public health information and even access to vaccines.

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