WHITE CITY, Ore. -- Workers across Oregon were invited to provide comments to the OHA on what groups should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Amy's Kitchen, which has had a total of 137 reported coronavirus cases since July 28, 2020 by the OHA, expressed why food handlers should be among those getting shots.
The company wrote in a letter, "Amy's Medford employees identify as people of color and approximately two-thirds, as Hispanic or Latino, and many are in an aging population or live with elderly family members.”
Ely-Za, a Medford grocery shopper said she does not believe food handlers should be prioritized over health care workers. “We've taken lots of precautions for food systems and fast food… but medical professionals really are on the front lines. They're more at risk.”
Alexa Diaz, a recently vaccinated medical assistant said she agrees with Amy’ Kitchen.
“We can help ourselves by protecting ourselves even if it's 50 percent, that's 50 percent less chance that we have infecting our family members or even our co-workers or the people we love around us.”
Amy's Kitchen says it appreciates and supports the vaccine committee's commitment to equity and sensitivity to historically underrepresented populations. It adds, it is willing to help educate the food processing industry about the importance of vaccination and supports the groups that are currently prioritized for immunization.