Santa Clara County’s first mobile vaccine clinic targeted farmworkers after expanded state eligibility
About 1,000 workers from several farms were expected to receive shots Sunday and Wednesday at the Monterey Mushrooms facility in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County health officials said.
“The best way we can honor our frontline workers is what we’re doing today, which is getting them vaccinations,” County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said at the pop-up site in a rural area just south of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported the county’s first mobile vaccine clinic targeted farmworkers to comply with newly expanded state eligibility that includes workers in the education sector, emergency services, and in food and agriculture. County officials expect to move next to a location in agricultural Gilroy, the newspaper said.
The United Farm Workers union joined the county and Monterey Mushrooms, a longtime agricultural producer, in partnering to organize Sunday’s event.
At least 35 of the state’s 58 counties have begun vaccinating education workers, the governor’s office said last week.
San Diego County officials announced that COVID-19 vaccinations would open this weekend for people in emergency services, child care and education, and food and agriculture.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vaccine prioritization plan also includes custodians, administrators, food and bus workers and other staff who are working at schools or expect to be at school within the next three weeks.