, executive director of EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries,
America can defeat COVID-19 through wide vaccine distribution. The CDC‘s Phase 1a vaccination guidance was wise to focus on inoculating the most vulnerable populations and our healthcare workers. Phase 1b, which is being implemented by health departments right now, is a practical approach to preserving societal functioning by vaccinating essential workers and other at-risk populations. But as state and local health departments consider who to include in Phase 1c, policymakers need to look at what our society needs beyond reopening our economy.
For America to return to full health, we need institutions like libraries ready to help us connect with who we are and to energize us for what is to come.