Despite limited supply, TSA urging workers to get COVID vaccines

ORLANDO, Fla. — Right now, there is no program in place to get Transportation Security Administration workers across the country doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest in the nation for departing passengers, which can mean close encounters with thousands of people a day for TSA workers there.

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In a statement, TSA officials said, “Employees are eligible for early access to the vaccine through the DHS/Veterans Health Administration agreement. This includes those in Orlando.”

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However, the VA press release about that agreement shows the vaccines are being administered at just eight VA hospitals across the country; the closest one to Orlando is in Miami.

The TSA acknowledges supplies of the vaccine are limited, and it’s encouraging workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible, even if that means looking outside of the federal agencies to get it.

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The agency says it’s working with its field managers to try to find alternate sources of the vaccine for its workers.

Officials at the VA say they anticipate eventually expanding its sites nationwide, but no timeline has been set.

Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal,

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.