Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Food industry workers will become eligible to recieve COVID-19 vaccine


Workers in the food industry will soon become eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, under new guidelines issued by the state on Monday.

People who work in food processing or agriculture will now become eligible on March 1st.

Diana Marin is supervising attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. She says food workers have been disproportionately affected by the virus. She says workers won’t be denied the vaccine because of their immigration status.

“Regardless of your immigration status, you will be eligible. If you’re in that prioritization category, and you’re eligible based on the prioritization category, your immigration status does not play a role in accessing the vaccine.”

The state says about 79 thousand workers in food processing and agriculture will be eligible for the vaccine, as of March 1st.