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December 16, 2020

Food, ag industry likely to be priority for vaccine, but timing uncertain

The Trump administration’s plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines put a priority on inoculating workers in the food and agriculture sector, but how quickly the shots become available to the industry still depends to some extent on how fast the vaccine can be distributed.

According to interim guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in late October, the priority populations in the first phase of vaccine distribution include health care personnel exposed to COVID patients, essential workers employed outside of health care, adults with high-risk medical conditions and people over 65 years of age. The document indicates some people in the phase-one group may not get inoculated until the second and third phases of distribution, depending on availability of vaccines, the first of which is nearing approval. Read more