Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:02 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Port executives, union leaders and elected officials are pushing for dockworkers to become eligible for coronavirus vaccinations to prevent a slowdown of cargo moving through the booming twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Los Angeles port's executive director tells the Los Angeles Times there's more cargo than labor. According to the International Longshore Workers Union, 694 dockworkers have reported COVID-19 infections as of Jan. 17 and hundreds are taking virus-related leaves. But the call for vaccinating dockworkers collides with a lack of supply as eligibility has expanded from front-line workers and skilled nursing facilities to residents age 65 and older.