Real estate pros -- particularly agents -- are often public-facing, and in the current environment, that means a heightened risk for COVID-19 infection. Fortunately, It seems there’s hope in sight.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, “real estate” is actually considered an "essential worker" -- a lower-tier one than medical personnel and teachers, of course, but an essential one nonetheless.
What does this mean for their hopes at snagging a much-coveted coronavirus vaccination? Here’s what you need to know.
Real estate and COVID-19 vaccines
If you register with the state of New Jersey’s vaccine scheduling system, you’ll be eventually asked if you work in one of a long list of higher-risk industries. Among them? That’d be real estate.
It might surprise some, but according to the CDC, real estate professionals actually fall into the agency’s 1c priority group: essential workers with a higher risk of infection than the general public.
Though only a few states have moved onto phase 1c vaccines just yet (Maryland did this week!), this group does get priority treatment. Professionally speaking, they’re third in line behind 1a citizens (those who work in healthcare) and 1b (frontline workers like EMS, police, firefighters, teachers, and daycare providers).
Now, most states are also prioritizing older residents and those with preexisting health conditions in addition to high-risk workers, so that doesn’t mean real estate is necessarily next in line just yet. Every state is handling vaccinations differently, and some (hello, my home state of Texas) aren’t following the CDC’s recommendations at all. So if you want to be extra sure about where you fall in the vaccine order, check with your state’s health agency for more detail.
The bottom line
Real estate professionals aren’t eligible for the vaccine just yet (healthy ones, at least), but according to the CDC, their vaccines will take priority over those of the general public’s.
Fair warning: If you’re in the industry, take the news with a grain of salt. With most states focused on phase 1a, 1b, and residents with comorbidities, it could be a few months until your number is called -- especially with the limited supply of vaccines out there.