Farm groups welcome plans by the Department of Agriculture to assist states in administering the COVID-19 vaccine. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service this week announced it has deployed 119 employees to assist in several states, largely in Nevada and Oklahoma.
The USDA employees are helping to vaccinate people at various rapid points of distribution, including mobile teams and pop-up clinics. Farm groups, such as the National Pork Producers Council, welcomed the news from USDA.
NPPC says that, declared essential by the Department of Homeland Security, hog farmers, veterinarians, livestock haulers, harvest facility employees and other workers across the supply chain, play a vital role in food security and rural economies.
This week, NPPC also launched a campaign, “You’re Essential, So It’s Essential,” to encourage U.S. pork industry workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible. visit nppc.org/essential to learn more about the NPPC vaccination campaign.