WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several news media organizations today sent a letter to the committee advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19 vaccine distribution requesting that journalists providing critical and essential functions in their communities be included in early phases of vaccine deployment. While highlighting the risk to journalists who are in the field reporting about health care workers and patients, meeting with people in essential businesses and covering rallies, protests and public events, the letter clearly specifies that the most at-risk populations should come first.