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Food & ag frontline workers wave 2 for vaccines in 2021

Food and agricultural essential workers will be in the second wave of COVID vaccines in Michigan according to the state’s updated plan released Wednesday.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging people to contact their local health department to schedule appointments as the distribution of vaccines widens.

“By January 11th, all counties may begin vaccinating Michiganders who are 65 and up,” she says. “This will include some essential workers who will also be vaccinated.”

Those essential workers include school and childcare staff, frontline local, state and federal first responders, and staff in jails, prisons, and shelters.

Michigan Agri-Business Association President Chuck Lippstreu tells Brownfield while food and agricultural essential workers are not currently eligible for a COVID vaccine according to the state’s updated plan, we are hopeful the state will be able to further open availability soon.

“We recognize things are moving really quickly now, we’re in the first couple months of this vaccine distribution, but that will be a top priority for us,” he says.

Following the first wave of distribution in 2021, next on deck will be other essential workers including those in the food and ag industry, but anyone 65 and older can be vaccinated as early as next week.

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