Learn about federal essential worker guidelines and vaccine resources
We have created a streamlined vaccination distribution guide to support you in understanding federal and state guidance for vaccine prioritization and how essential workers are classified in the process. It also includes some guidance on eligibility for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The information provided below is intended solely as a reference tool for you. It is not medical advice nor is it a guarantee of eligibility for or access to a vaccine. Decisions about vaccine eligibility and availability are made by state or local jurisdictions. Please visit your state’s Vaccine Eligibility and Guidelines page for more details or contact your healthcare provider.
Note: The information below is subject to change and may not be current. This guide was last updated on January 29, 2021.
For more information on Starbucks support and policies, please visit the COVID-19 resources page on Partner Hub.
What is an essential worker? Which category do I fit into?
Ensuring that the public has access to secure and healthy food, meals, and nutrition is especially critical during this time of uncertainty for our communities. Because of our supply chain infrastructure that allows us to continue to provide and serve ready to eat meals, along with our ability to modify operations to fully comply with COVID-19 safety rules and regulations, we are considered an essential business and our retail and manufacturing/distribution partners are essential workers. Staying open, in cooperation with local government and health officials, allows us to continue to show up for our first responders, healthcare providers and customers and play a vital role in getting them access to healthy food and beverage options.
The categorization and definition of essential critical infrastructure workers (commonly known as essential workers) was created by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the onset COVID-19. This federal guidance was intended to ensure the continuity of critical functions across the country and to support a risk-based approach towards worker safety in these critical areas. If you are a Starbucks retail or manufacturing/distribution partner, you are classified as an essential worker in the Food and Agriculture category according to the federal guidance. For a complete list of all essential worker categories and definitions, please refer to the latest version of the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.
Each state can choose to use the federal guidance in their vaccine distribution approach or can apply their own additional guidelines. The phases of vaccine distribution and sub-categories of essential workers may vary state by state.
When can I anticipate getting the vaccine?
The timeline of vaccine distribution is determined by each state and/or locality. It is subject to continual change due to various factors, such as global vaccine manufacturing and state-specific distribution processes. Based on federal guidance, certain groups of essential workers may already be eligible for vaccination in their state. To find the most accurate information about vaccine distribution in your state, please visit your state’s health department website. Our state Vaccine Eligibility and Guidelines pages can help direct you to these additional resources.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC's website or call the national hotline at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636). For more questions about vaccine distribution and eligibility, we recommend contacting your specific state and/or local health departments for more details. Our state Vaccine Eligibility and Guidelines pages can help direct you to additional resources. If you have additional questions related to the support Starbucks offers to navigate COVID-19, please reach out to your leader or partner resources partner.