An open letter to State Governors (NC only)

COVID vaccine: Reclassify massage therapists

15 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

I am writing to request that you re-classify massage therapists as front line workers so they can get the vaccine sooner than the general public. My partner works in sports massage. He partners regularly with physical therapists, doctors, and surgeons in the treatment and care of people with injuries and chronic pain. His work contributes to people avoiding surgery and getting off of opiates - something I think most would say is essential to the health of people in Raleigh. This is not work you can do remotely. It must be done in person. It is not frivolous work. It has direct impacts on people's health and well-being. And yet he is not considered eligible to get the vaccine early. We have already had two scares where clients have tested positive and let us know. Fortunately the protocols he has in place have protected us so far. His company has seven employees all of whom see similar impacts from their work. I ask you to please reconsider the timing for massage therapists to receive the vaccine. Currently they are in phase 5 which does not make sense to me considering the nature of their work and its potential beneficial effects.

First sent on January 23 by Clare

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