With a devastating surge in COVID-19 cases ongoing in Los Angeles County, Metro continues to run bus and rail service for essential trips. As we reported earlier this week, we are experiencing some staff shortages and missed trips due to employees missing work because they’re ill, caring for family members or in quarantine.
One ray of hope is that vaccinations are underway in Los Angeles County and Metro is working on a plan to get its staff — especially its frontline staff — vaccinated as soon as possible. We know that many thousands of essential workers in our region rely on Metro for their mobility which is exactly the reason our staff are also considered essential workers. We want to protect them so they can continue to serve the people who need us the most.
Our vaccination plans are twofold:
•Metro is working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to develop a plan for administering the vaccine to our employees once enough doses become available. As part of this effort, we will establish a Medical Point of Dispensing (MPOD) approach to ensure Metro employees who elect to be vaccinated receive their shots on an expedited schedule. We plan on using LACDPH medical staff resources to oversee the vaccinations.
•Metro has also established an internal working group to determine the order that vaccines will be given to the various Metro job classifications. The prioritization will be based on risk of exposure within each job classification. Age will be a sub-category under each classification. This plan should be finalized in the next several weeks while Metro waits for vaccines to become available.
We are very aware that many people inside and outside our agency are eager to hear more about Metro’s vaccination efforts. As vaccinations continue to be deployed, we will provide timely updates to employees, the agency’s Board and the public.