Vaccine Prioritization for the Food Industry
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in December 2020 that its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviewed and voted on vaccine prioritization for the food industry in “phase 1b,” including the frozen food industry.
For more information on when the vaccine will be available, visit the CDC’s vaccine page. It’s now up to governors to work with their state health departments to allocate the COVID-19 vaccines.
AFFI is working with federal and state policymakers to ensure the frozen food industry workforce are prioritized for the vaccine.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
- Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance
- Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing and quarantine following known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
- Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
AFFI’s Vaccine Toolkit
Open dialogue, engagement and effective communication is important to address the skepticism around vaccines that exists among many people and in many communities. Access AFFI’s vaccine toolkit below to communicate the value of the COVID-19 vaccine to your workforce and stay abreast of the most recent federal guidance.
CDC has provided a COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to help employers educate their essential workers about the coronavirus vaccine. The toolkit contains a variety of resources like:
- key messages,
- an educational slide deck,
- customizable posters/flyers,
- newsletter content,
- a plain language vaccine factsheet (available in several different languages),
- a template letter for employees
- social media content, and vaccination sticker templates
AFFI is supporting the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project to help educate the public on vaccines. The effort was created and is supported by much of the healthcare community. The group has resources available in English and Spanish that can be shared with your employees to help build confidence in the process and ultimately raise awareness around the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. For more information and to access the resources, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (December 11, 2020)
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (December 18, 2020)
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (February 27, 2021)
Visit this FDA page for information for the food and agriculture sector about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the FDA.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) outlines how the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations apply to various laws, including legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This includes issues pertaining to medical pre-screening questions and employer accommodations for those unable to receive a vaccination.
Click here and navigate to points K.5-K.7 to understand what to do when an employer requires vaccination and an employee indicates they are unable to receive one.
For Assistance Contact:
Dr. Donna Garren
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The voluntary industry guidance on this website (“Industry Guidance”) is based on recommendations received from a variety of sources, including federal agencies, state health authorities, and industry advisors. As recommended practices continue to evolve, guidance on these issues also may have been issued by federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Labor, state and local authorities, and others subsequent to the formulation of this Industry Guidance. For this reason, in addition to considering this Industry Guidance, readers are encouraged to review any and all updated guidance from either industry or governmental authorities, as well as any guidance that may be issued in the future, as it is expected that recommended practices will continue to evolve. Readers should also check this website for any updated versions of this Industry Guidance.
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