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COVID-19 Vaccination & the Food and Agriculture Sector

COVID-19 Vaccines and Food/Agriculture Workers

Protect Workers, Families, Coworkers and the Community

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.

FDA's Role

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.  

The FDA’s authority includes authorizing or approving COVID-19 vaccines for use in the United States. Learn more from the FDA about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.  Fact sheets are available in more than 25 languages. Find out where to get a vaccine on CDC’s Webpage Vaccines for COVID-19.

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.

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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Employers will find resources and information to help facilitate vaccinations for their workforce on site at the workplace or in the community.


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

CDC recommends everyone ages 12 and older get vaccinated as soon as possible to help protect against COVID-19 and the related, potentially severe complications that can occur. Strong confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines within your workplace leads to more people getting vaccinated, which is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. By providing information about COVID-19 vaccination and establishing supportive policies and practices, employers can help more workers get vaccinated. Getting fully vaccinated can reduce the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, which can protect other people around you. The CDC developed a COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to educate essential workers about vaccinations.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers

Additional 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.

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