EXTENSION CORNER Vaccine eligibility for farmers and farm workers
PENN YAN - New Yorkers ages 16 and up, teachers for grades pre-K through 12, school staff, childcare workers, customer-facing employees, and anyone 18 or older with qualifying comorbidities are eligible for the vaccine. Not included in Phase 1b however were farmers and farm workers.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic
It is important that farmers, farm workers, and others who work in agriculture within Yates County are vaccinated. One thing we have learned over the past year is how much our community depends on farmers and the agricultural sector to provide food. However, we have also learned that farmers and farm workers just as vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 as the rest of the population.
While it is understandable that farmers (in dedication to their work and their livelihood) may either put themselves last to get a vaccine (or not at all), it is important to ensure that they are well and have the best health outcome as we continue to navigate this new normal.
While there is the anticipation that all adults will be eligible for vaccines by May 1, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Yates County is strongly encouraging all farmers and farmworkers to get vaccinated as soon as possible based on either age eligibility or have any qualifying comorbidities. The CCE-Yates County office has available handouts with eligibility information, along with a list of vaccination sites and pharmacies within the county.
For more information, please contact your local department of health, or visit the New York State Department of Health online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. For additional resources, you may call the CCE-Yates County office at 315-536-5123. While the vaccination process is underway, it is important that we continue to wear masks, social distance, and avoid large gatherings. Even though our work still demands social distancing, CCE-Yates County is still here by your side in these extraordinary times.