Le Lézard
Classified in: Covid-19 virus
Subjects: LEG, LBR, STP, AVO

UFCW, Meat Institute Call on Governors in All 50 States to Prioritize Vaccination of Frontline Meat and Poultry Workers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the nation's largest union for meatpacking workers and the association representing meat producers joined forces to urge all 50 U.S. governors to urgently prioritize COVID-19 vaccination for frontline meat and poultry workers across the United States, in accordance with official Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

In a joint letter to governors, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) emphasized that quickly vaccinating the sector's diverse workforce of some 500,000 employees across the country will maximize health benefits, especially in rural communities that often have limited health services, while keeping Americans' refrigerators full and our farm economy working.

COVID-19 vaccinations can, in many cases, be administered through meat and poultry facilities' existing health programs and staff. UFCW and the Meat Institute committed to assist employees with information and access to off-site vaccination, if needed, and to support vaccine information and education efforts.

Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts: "Health authorities around the world, employers, unions, and civil rights groups all agree - high priority access to vaccines is critical for the long-term safety of essential frontline meat and poultry workers who have kept Americans' refrigerators full and our farm economy working throughout this crisis." 

UFCW International Vice President Mark Lauritsen: "America's meatpacking workers are bravely serving on the frontlines so that millions of families can put food on the table during this crisis. To keep our nation's food supply secure as the pandemic worsens, we need strong action now from our elected leaders to protect these essential workers in meatpacking plants. As the largest union for America's meatpacking workers, UFCW is joining industry leaders today in a unified call for governors in all 50 states to immediately prioritize meatpacking workers for access to the COVID vaccine. American lives are at stake and these courageous men and women on the frontlines cannot wait any longer."

Prioritizing vaccines for frontline meat and poultry workers will build on more than $1.5 billion in comprehensive COVID-19 prevention measures the industry has implemented since the spring. 

Average case rates amongst meat and poultry workers in November were more than 8 times lower than in the general U.S. population. Further details about COVID-19 health and safety measures and COVID-19 relief contributions are available here

UFCW International is the largest private sector union in the United States. UFCW International represents 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at?ufcw.org

The North American Meat Institute is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry.  The Meat Institute's members process the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well as manufacture the equipment and ingredients needed to produce the safest and highest quality meat and poultry products. Learn more about at meatinstitute.org

SOURCE North American Meat Institute

These press releases may also interest you

at 14:07
The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund and its all-star team of ambassadors are returning for a second season to give young Canadians and their families an assist with registration fees, and get them back in the game they love....

at 14:00
A UK-based consortium consisting of BiologIC Technologies, Biopharm Services, CPI, Pall Corporation, and SCIEX has announced the launch of a project that aims to develop automated manufacturing controls for use in the manufacture of biologics. The...

at 14:00
Student Selin Kocalar (17) has won the seventh annual Genes in Space STEM competition. Kocalar, who attends Leigh High School in San Jose, CA, proposed to pilot a new technique for detecting waterborne pathogens on the International Space Station...

at 14:00
The FDA has authorized the GenBody COVID-19 Ag test for Emergency Use Authorization for use in patient care settings operating under a CLIA Certificate of Waiver, Certificate of Compliance, or Certificate of Accreditation. Kwell Laboratories is the...

at 14:00
Buying on credit is making a comeback as U.S. consumers are feeling more confident in their financial position and the overall economy, new data from the American Consumer Credit Counseling Q2 2021 Financial Health Index suggests. Over the last 16...

at 13:59
The health and well-being of Canadians are the top priorities of the governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador. As the country and the province begin to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, both governments know how important...

News published on 23 december 2020 at 11:30 and distributed by: