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Ag workers begin to get vaccinated, considered high risk due to lack of social distancing

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 15:55:55-05

(KERO) — The state is now beginning to administer vaccines to ag workers throughout the state. Farm bureaus are coordinating with local public health agencies to get vaccines for employees along with information they need in their native language.

Farmworkers are considered high risk for COVID-19 due to work conditions where social distancing is difficult.

Foster Farms in Fresno County is offering vaccinations for its workforce.

"The best thing we can do is vaccinate these people. And I don't think we can ever forget that these are the people that very selflessly keep the food on all of our tables," said Ira Brill with Foster Farms.

Foster Farms said 85 percent of their one thousand employees decided to get vaccinated.

If you're eligible in Kern County we have resources available on our website or give public health a call at 321-3000.