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Monterey County Agriculture Vaccinates 42,000 Farmworkers

Since the availability of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Monterey County early in 2021, the Agricultural sector of Monterey County has administered 42,000 vaccines to farmworkers, over 70% of the total farmworker population.   

This remarkable level of vaccinations comes after weeks of vaccination clinics held exclusively for farmworkers in all areas of Monterey County, including large clinics. 

In an earlier media announcement this week, Salinas was noted as having the lowest new COVID-19 infection rate in the country, a dramatic turnaround from 2020 infection rates within several of the city’s zip codes. 

Late in 2020, as vaccines were beginning to become available, local, state, and federal elected officials and community leaders came together and advocated for the vaccination prioritization of farmworkers in our community. 

Through large-scale vaccination clinics organized by the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, along with smaller vaccination clinics at local hospitals and clinics organized by other agricultural trade associations, the number of farmworkers vaccinated has exceeded the national average for the entire population. 

The farmworker vaccination process has been a cooperative effort of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, Monterey County Farm Bureau, Coastal Growers Association, Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association, and California Strawberry Commission; vaccination counts include clinics held by United Farm Workers Foundation. 

This collaborative effort demonstrates the commitment of agricultural employers and their trade associations to keep our farmworkers and their families protected and healthy, including while at their workplace. 

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is a regional trade association with a mission to advance families, food, and farming in our region. Founded in 1930, today the organization represents members who consist primarily of farmers, shippers, harvesters, and processors of fruits and vegetables produced in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties.   

Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association brings together the talents and resources of members, partners, and our community in order to promote and support our leadership in the art, the science, and the business of wine. By standing together, we strengthen the message of our renown and continue to bring brand awareness to the region. 

Monterey County Farm Bureau, founded in 1917, represents family farmers and ranchers in the interest of promoting and protecting agriculture throughout Monterey County, CA.  We strive to improve the ability of those engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable source of food and fiber through reasonable stewardship of our local resources. 

Coastal Growers Association and Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association are trade organizations representing cultivators, transporters, manufacturers, nurseries, testing labs, distributors, dispensaries, and researchers in the Central Coast Regions of California.   

California Strawberry Commission is a state-chartered agency of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Established by the California State Legislature in 1993, the Commission represents nearly 600strawberry shippers, processors, and growers within the state of California.

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