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·         Vaccine Trickle Becomes Torrent as U.S. Eligibility Rules Widen

Ready to travel, mother finds appointment 6 miles from home

Some states still cautious; a grocery clerk can’t find a shot

 

·         American packers slow to vaccinate

In the U.S., 22,000 meat-packing workers have been infected or exposed to the virus, and 132 have died, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International union.

 

 

 

Vaccine Trickle Becomes Torrent as U.S. Eligibility Rules Widen

 

Ready to travel, mother finds appointment 6 miles from home

Some states still cautious; a grocery clerk can’t find a shot

 

By Angelica LaVito, Bloomberg

April 1, 2021

 

It’s taking some effort and some patience. But just as eligibility is opening to millions of people across the U.S. after months of cutthroat competition to find Covid-19 shots, vaccines are starting to stream into people’s arms.

 

Becky Jacobsen, 41, was ready to drive as long as an hour for a shot as soon as Connecticut made all adults eligible on Thursday. A friend stayed up late to snatch an appointment at a CVS Health Corp. drugstore just 6 miles from Jacobsen’s home in Windsor.

 

“Another friend is looking for my husband,” the mother of five said by phone as children shouted in the background. “It’s distance-learning day and I’ve got to focus on making sure the kids aren’t on YouTube when they’re supposed to be on Google Classroom.”

 

President Joe Biden staked his bid on an effective battle against the coronavirus that would center around mitigation measures and assisting states with the swift dispersal of vaccines. States are offering shots to millions of people who want to return to life as it was before Covid, and officials in charge are reporting that the campaign is rounding into form...

 

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American packers slow to vaccinate

In the U.S., 22,000 meat-packing workers have been infected or exposed to the virus, and 132 have died, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International union.

 

By Reuters News Service

via The Western Producer (Canada) -  April 1, 2021

 

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of American meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials say progress needs to be faster after coronavirus outbreaks idled slaughterhouses and sickened thousands of workers.

 

Vaccinating food workers could help prevent further production disruptions that sent meat prices soaring in spring 2020 and forced retailers like Kroger Co. to restrict customers’ purchases of ground beef and other products.

 

Nationwide, 22,000 meat-packing workers have been infected or exposed to the virus, and 132 have died, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International union.

 

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee in December recommended frontline food and agriculture workers receive access to vaccines ahead of people aged 65 to 74 and younger Americans with high-risk medical conditions.

 

But many states prioritized older residents, who account for the majority of U.S. COVID-19 fatalities, and other essential workers such as teachers.

 

Companies are constrained by limited supplies and regulations in individual states and cannot purchase vaccines directly from drug makers.

 

“Priorities have shifted in the past two months in a range of states, and that has lowered the priority status of our critical and essential employees,” said Keira Lombardo, chief administrative officer for Virginia-based Smithfield Foods.

 

South Dakota, where WH Group’s Smithfield runs a massive pork plant in Sioux Falls, may not begin vaccinating food and agriculture workers until April, according to state plans. It will first give shots to teachers, funeral home workers and people younger than 65 with underlying health conditions.

 

More than a third of Smithfield’s 3,700 employees in Sioux Falls had tested positive for the virus by mid-June 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

BJ Motley, president of the local UFCW union, said...

 

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