Together with other leading industry organizations representing the 45,000+ independently owned hardware stores, home centers, lumberyards and paint stores across North America, the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) signed onto a letter asking that the essential employees supplying and running these stores be given the same priority as other essential service providers in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. These essential employees include the retail store employees as well as those involved in the distribution and logistics of home improvement supplies.
“Over the last year, essential workers across industries have been making immeasurable sacrifices to keep our society running. We are not asking that essential home improvement workers be moved in front of any vulnerable members of our population, healthcare workers or emergency responders,” says NHPA president and CEO Bob Cutter. “We are simply asking that they be included at the same priority level as other essential workers providing support to the infrastructure of our communities such as grocery and food service workers.”
Read the letter here and consider sending it to your state and local representatives as we urge these decision-makers to consider the essential workers who kept vital products and supplies flowing to businesses and households over the last year.