This is intended to give you the best information we have on COVID-19 vaccinations for the Food and Agriculture sectors included in the 1B, Tier 1 prioritization. This information is gathered from our colleagues in the San Joaquin Valley, United Ag and our observations of the Administration’s actions.
The consensus is that if you were designated as essential Ag in March, you are eligible under the 1B, Tier 1 Food and Agriculture. To demonstrate eligibility, we recommend using the employer letters provided to employees traveling to and from work earlier this year. Employees will also need a driver’s license or other ID to verify they are the person noted in the letter.
Where to get a vaccination
Vaccine distributions have been left to the counties, so each is different both in how they are being rolled out as well as how far along the prioritization list they have traveled. In most counties, health care providers are the first point of distribution. Several counties are also implementing mass vaccination sites such as Cal Expo, in coordination with the state. We expect to see more focus in this area. Finally, we still hear that some pharmacy chains will participate in the distribution.
We suggest employees contact their primary health care provider for vaccination availability. We suggest employers contact the county health department to both check on larger vaccination efforts and alert them of your facility and number of Food and Ag employees who need to be vaccinated in 1B, Tier 1.