At an Ag Day event for the California Farm Bureau on Tuesday, Asm. Robert Rivas of Hollister said he was “just on the phone with the governor’s staff” discussing why “many agricultural regions weren't getting a fair share of the supply of the vaccine.”
“We were encountering bottlenecks along the way,” explained Rivas. “Certain county health directors weren't allocating specific doses to agricultural workers.”
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In December, Rivas pleaded with the administration to ensure ag workers were prioritized in the vaccine distribution. He said agriculture “proactively laid the foundation” for this by coordinating the logistics and sponsoring clinics for the hardest to reach populations.
“Certainly, the success we're seeing now is absolutely the work of the industry, the work of local elected officials and local stakeholders that have worked together,” said Rivas.