The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is calling on governors and state public health agencies to include hotel employees for inclusion in phase “1b” of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout along with “other essential workers.” Since the onset of the pandemic, according to a statement, hotel workers have remained on the front lines – working to support emergency and healthcare workers across the nation. Through AHLA’s “Hospitality for Hope Initiative,” said the statement, the hotel industry is continuing to provide temporary housing for emergency and healthcare workers so they may stay closer to their hospital or medical center. Additionally, many hotels across the nation are now serving as places to quarantine for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Hotel employees also continue to be on the front lines for interstate travelers, which also adds an exposure risk. AHLA is writing governors to make the case that “prioritizing hotel employees with access to the vaccine would provide a necessary layer of protection.”