Los Angeles County Superior Court’s presiding judge pleaded with regional health officials on Tuesday to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for a group of 7,500 judges, court workers and lawyers after three employees died of the virus over the last two months.

Presiding Judge Eric Taylor asked Barbara Ferrer, director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health, to “reprioritize” who receives the vaccine first in wake of the state’s announcement this week that a future round of shots will be issued to older Californians and not to those in certain jobs deemed higher risk.

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