Covid-19 has crippled the workforce on farms and food processing centers across the country. They have borne the brunt of the pandemic but have received the smaller share of available vaccines. As a result, Yolo County worked in tandem with farmers and farm labor contractors to help those who help put food on our tables by prioritizing farmworkers as essential workers and bringing the vaccine directly to their place of work.
For Jim and Deborah Durst of Durst Organic Growers in Esparto, it’s not just about taking care of business, but also about taking care of its own. Recently, they held a clinic that provided 280 agriculture workers the first dose of the vaccine, with a scheduled second dose clinic already in the works. Jim and Deborah are a part of a landmark effort by the State of California to prioritize vaccines for a community segment often overlooked.