by Matt Ott / President and CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Cold Chain Alliance has been working with industry partners and government officials to ensure that the food supply chain was designated as an essential part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
This designation helped the food industry continue operating throughout the pandemic and ensure that the population had reliable access to safe, high quality food.
Now that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available, GCCA is urging federal and state officials to ensure that essential workers are recognized as a priority population for the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has designated food and agriculture workers as a priority category in its federal guidance.
Many states also have recognized the importance of prioritizing essential workers for the vaccine. However, the policies and processes for accessing the vaccine can differ significantly from state to state.
Our members and others in the food and agriculture industry have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that Americans have access to healthy, safe and affordable food.
To help them navigate the various state policies and facilitate the vaccination of essential workers, GCCA has established a partnership with InHouse Physicians. This partnership is our way of helping those who are helping the country when we need it most.
Through the program, GCCA members can work with IHP to submit applications to conduct worksite vaccinations for essential workers in the food and agriculture industry.
This process will help members in navigating the varying state approaches to vaccinations and enable their essential employees to get vaccinated at a designated worksite.
By teaming up with InHouse Physicians, we can help streamline the vaccination process and get these critical frontline workers the vaccine so they can continue to do the heroic work of feeding the world.
GCCA looks forward to working with its members, InHouse Physicians and the broader food industry to support the vaccination of essential workers while continuing the critical work of supplying safe, high-quality food to consumers.