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COVID-19 Vaccination & the Food and Agriculture Sector

COVID-19 Vaccines and Food/Agriculture Workers

FDA has been doing what we can to support a safe and ample food supply, but that would not be possible without millions of men and women working in food and agriculture jobs. Day in and day out, they have answered the call as essential workers in support of the food supply. We thank them.  

This page has information for the food and agriculture sector about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the FDA, benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, and the availability of vaccines in your community. 

News and Announcements 

FDA Aids in Vaccine Coordination for Food and Agriculture Sectors 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is coordinating efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers including workers in the food sector.

FDA’s Role

The FDA’s authority includes authorizing or approving COVID-19 vaccines for use in the United States. Find out where to get a vaccine on CDC’s Webpage COVID-19 Vaccine: Helps protect you from getting COVID-19.

Learn more from the FDA about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.  Fact sheets are available in more than 25 languages

HHS's Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers in Agriculture 

The HHS We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19, including steps to protect themselves and their communities. The effort is driven by communication science and provides tailored information for at-risk groups.

HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign - We Can Do This

The Toolkits for Essential Workers in Agriculture (English and en español) provide access to materials from the CDC, as well as new material to help you communicate with farmworkers on the latest COVID-19 prevention and vaccination information:

User Guide for Essential Workers in Agriculture Toolkit (Full Toolkit)

Important Topics: 

Guía sobre cómo usar el kit de herramientas de comunicación para trabajadores esenciales en la agricultura

Temas importantes:

CDC’s Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers

Protect Workers, Families, Coworkers and the Community

As the vaccine supply increases, the FDA encourages the leadership and management of food facilities to support worker vaccinations. 

When an essential worker gets a COVID-19 vaccine, they protect themselves, their families, co-workers, and their communities. Healthy workers help to ensure the availability of a safe and plentiful food supply.

For additional information, see CDC's Guide to Vaccinating Workers: Vaccinating Migrant/Migratory and Seasonal Food and Agriculture Workers

Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine from CDC

Meetings & Webinar Recordings

Adult Vaccine Access Coalition/United Farm Workers Webinar

Guests and panelists including Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Janet Woodcock and Director of the FDA Center for Biologics Education and Research, Dr. Peter Marks, discuss vaccine safety, effectiveness, and confidence.



Questions & Answers 

How can I get access to COVID-19 vaccines for my food and agriculture sector employees?

Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is currently limited, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. CDC’s recommendations are based on those of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts. According to the CDC’s recommendations, Food and Agriculture workers are included in Phases 1B (food and agricultural workers, and grocery store workers) and 1C (food service workers). 

While CDC makes the recommendations, each state has its own plan for which groups of people will be vaccinated first. You can contact your state health department for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.

The goal is for everyone to be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination easily as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. As the vaccine supply increases, more groups will be added to receive vaccination. Learn more about CDC recommendations for who should get vaccinated first

The FDA, in partnership with CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been working to provide food facilities with information and resources  to help protect their workers against COVID-19 infection.

In addition, read more about how the FDA is Unleashing the Power of FDA Data to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to Food and Agriculture Workers.

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