Specialized half-day clinic in Arroyo Grande provides 600 vaccinations in partnership with the FarmworkerTask Force.

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The San Luis Obispo County Health Department announced that more than 600 farmworkers in the county were vaccinated against COVID-19 Friday, March 19, during a special half-day clinic in Arroyo Grande.

The event was organized in conjunction with partners from the SLO County Farm Task Force and was the first of several planned vaccination clinics in the county in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande.

Multilingual volunteers provided on-site interpretation and health education. Featured images

I am pleased that together we are able to provide vaccines to many of our local farmworkers, said Dr. Penny Borenstein, District Health Officer. Events like this are essential to ensure equitable and effective access to vaccines, and I am grateful to the partners who work tirelessly with us to ensure that farmers can benefit from the essential protection this vaccine provides.

Farm workers and their families throughout California would be at increased risk for COVID-19. In this clinic for employers, contractors and community partners, workers were enrolled in groups. Multilingual volunteers from Promoters Collaborative, Herencia Indígena and Dignity Health provided on-site interpretation and health education.

For our farmworkers, especially in Latino and Native American communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19, it is critical to receive up-to-date health information and services, such as the vaccine, from trusted ambassadors in a safe and welcoming environment, said Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia, director of the Promoters Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County.

Prior to the event, SLO County reported that sanitation workers were visiting work sites to provide information about the KOVID-19 vaccine. According to the District, the intent is to build on the ongoing work of the SLO County Farmworker Task Force, which was convened by the District in collaboration with agricultural and public health partners.

Agricultural and food industry workers can also get vaccinated at regular vaccination centers in the county or through local providers such as pharmacies.

This is a proud day for our Farm Bureau and the farming community. I don’t think we’ve ever been involved in anything more important than getting this vaccine to our essential farmworkers, said Brent Burchett, executive director of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau. We never stopped growing during this pandemic. We have thanked the farmers so many times over the past year, but I think today we really showed our appreciation for their work.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County, visit RecoverSLO.org/vaccine or call the county’s call center at (805)543-2444, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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