When will SLO County ag workers receive COVID-19 vaccine?
As news came in this week that farmworkers in some parts of California are starting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, questions came pouring into the SLO County Farm Bureau asking when local ag industry will be eligible. The answer is this: SLO County has not yet received enough vaccines to cover Phase 1A (healthcare workers, people in long-term care residents and staff) and the first tier of Phase 1B (people age 75+).
“Thanks to valuable feedback from our members, ag industry partners, farm labor contractors, Latino community outreach leaders and others, we will have a plan in place to immediately begin vaccinating SLO County agriculture when it is our turn,” the farm bureau states.
“We are up next,” the farm bureau states. “When exactly that will be is entirely dependent on the supply of vaccines we receive.”
The farm bureau is exploring all avenues to expedite vaccines for local farmworkers and essential workers in the agriculture industry, but the state’s delivery of vaccines “continues to be inscrutable and somewhat erratic,” according to San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein.
About The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, voluntary membership corporation with a purpose to protect and promote agricultural interests in San Luis Obispo County. Now, in its 97th year, the bureau is a dynamic organization, responding to the changing needs of the ag community, its people and businesses. The organization works for the solution to problems of the farm, the farmhouse, and the rural community, by the use of the recognized advantages of organized action, to the end that those engaged in the various branches of agriculture may have the opportunity for happiness and prosperity in their chosen work.