As essential workers, farmers and ranchers need quick access to the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure a stable food supply chain. Micheal Clements shares how the American Farm Bureau Federation is helping promote vaccine acceptance.
Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation is helping farmers and ranchers, and farm workers, get the COVID-19 vaccine. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Allison Crittenden says they are doing so through the COVID-19 Community Corps.
Crittenden: So, it’s a group of organizations organized by the White House that are committed to fighting COVID-19 by promoting COVID-19 vaccination and making sure that the members of the different organizations understand the benefits and the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Clements: Crittenden says Farm Bureau is working at the grassroots level to get the word out about the importance of getting vaccinated.
Crittenden: We are making sure that these farmers and ranchers understand the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and have the appropriate tools to handle any sort of issues with vaccine hesitancy or concerns and questions about the vaccine. Through our work in the COVID Community Corps we have all kinds of messaging available to us that we plan to share with our state Farm Bureau’s and all of our members in order to get the word out about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Clements: Deemed essential workers, Crittenden says it is important those in agriculture get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Crittenden: Farm workers and farmers are an essential part of our critical infrastructure. They never had the option to work from home. So, it’s important that they have access to the vaccine to ensure that they are protected while they are still going to work each day and still farming.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.