Service Station operators are among the first people who get COVID-19 vaccine.

The Australian Retailers Association, which represents major chains including 7-Eleven and Bunnings, is also pushing for early access.

“We would like retail staff to be given priority in the roll-out given their frontline and essential services status and this is something we will be discussing with government,” said Fleur Brown, the ARA’s head of industry affairs.

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association national secretary Gerard Dwyer, whose union is one of the largest in the country, wrote to Health Minister Greg Hunt before Christmas.

“In light of the critical services they are providing, these workers must be given priority in accessing any vaccines when they become available,” Mr Dwyer wrote.

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