Those in Real Estate Could Get Vaccine Priority: What That Means

Real estate professionals – especially realtors – are often publicly available, and in the current environment this means an increased risk of COVID-19 infection. Fortunately, there seems to be hope in sight.

Indeed, under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, “real estate” is viewed as an “essential worker” – lower than, of course, medical staff and teachers, but an essential nonetheless.

What does this mean for their hopes for a coveted coronavirus vaccination? Here’s what you need to know.

Real estate and COVID-19 vaccines

Eventually, when you register with the New Jersey state vaccination scheduling system, you will be asked if you work in a long list of higher risk industries. Underneath? That would be real estate.

It may come as a surprise to some, but according to the CDC, real estate professionals actually fall into the agency’s 1c priority group: essential workers at higher risk of infection than the general public.

While few states have switched to Phase 1c vaccines so far (Maryland did this this week!), This group is receiving priority treatment. Professionally speaking, they are in third place behind 1a citizens (those who work in the healthcare sector) and 1b (frontline workers such as rescue workers, police, fire brigade, teachers and day-care centers).

Most states now prioritize senior residents and people with pre-existing health conditions in addition to high-risk personnel, which does not mean that real estate is necessarily next. Each state has a different approach to vaccination, and some (hello, my home state of Texas) do not follow the CDC’s recommendations at all. So if you want to be extra sure of where you fall on the vaccination order, contact your state health department for more details.

The final result

Real estate professionals aren’t eligible for the vaccine (at least healthy ones) yet, but according to the CDC, their vaccines will take precedence over those of the public.

Fair warning: if you’re in the business, take the news with a grain of salt. With most states focused on Stage 1a, 1b and residents with comorbidities, it may take a few months to get your number – especially due to the limited availability of vaccines.