Agriculture is essential. While so many people saw their world turn upside down last March, not much changed for this industry. People need to eat, so we continued farming, planting, growing; caring for livestock; processing and packing; and putting food on the shelves.
Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislative Vaccine Taskforce recognize agriculture’s invaluable service. On March 12, 2021, they announced that farm workers, food manufacturing employees, and grocery workers are the next targeted groups to receive the FDA approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved by the FDA for targeted administration.
This effort is separate from Phase 1B, where agriculture falls in the commonwealth’s vaccine rollout plan. It’s recognition that these groups have had no choice but to continue working to keep Pennsylvania and the world fed through a pandemic.
Strengthening the resiliency of agriculture requires acknowledging the transformative power of science and research. And that’s what we have in the COVID-19 vaccine.