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The Golden State updated its vaccine rollout to include medicinal cannabis workers

Last week, Shannon Goodsell — a 53-year-old cannabis delivery driver with underlying health conditions — was uncertain when she was going to get a coronavirus vaccine shot.

That is, until Thursday, when the state shifted cannabis workers into some of the highest vaccine prioritization tiers.

Those in the medicinal cannabis industry are now eligible to be vaccinated alongside health care workers in Phase 1a, according to guidelines updated by the California Department of Public Health Feb. 4.

And while the state says these workers should be moved to the front of the line, it remains to be seen whether county health departments will recognize this change.

Those working in food and agriculture for growing, production, storage, transport and distribution also became eligible for Phase 1b, a tier that includes people 65 and older and people working in emergency services, child care and education.

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