November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccination Letter

Letter to President Trump Suggests COVID-19 Vaccination Priority for Food and Ag Workers

Several food and beverage associations sent a letter to President Trump requesting priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine for food, beverage, and agricultural workers. The letter emphasizes the importance of protecting these workers to keep our food system stable.

“Our members have been on the front lines of the response to the pandemic by continuing operations and ensuring Americans have access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food. Challenges have taxed the food supply chain over the past eight months, but the food, agriculture, manufacturing, and retail industries are resilient, and the supply chains have not broken,” the letter states.

The letter addresses the Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations (The Playbook), which expresses the importance of essential workers. The Playbook considers prioritizing four groups for COVID-19 vaccinations if the initial supply is limited to healthcare personnel (paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials), non-healthcare essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions who possess risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness, and people 65 years of age and older.

The letter is supported by American Bakers Association, American Frozen Food Institute, Consumer Brands Association, FMI - The Food Industry Association, Global Cold Chain Alliance, International Dairy Foods Association, National Automatic Merchandising Association, National Confectioners Association, National Grocers Association, National Restaurant Association, North American Millers Association, North American Meat Institute, Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association, SNAC International, and United Fresh Produce Association.

Read the letter here.