WHITE CITY, Ore. – Today Gov. Kate Brown visited Southern Oregon and toured Amy’s Kitchen.
The facility has been the location of multiple coronavirus outbreaks throughout the pandemic; however, Dr. Jim Shames with Jackson County Public Health has called the facility a good example of what businesses should do to protect employees, citing multiple COVID-19 precautions in place.
Gov. Brown got an up-close look at operations inside, where temperature checks are required at the door, random rapid testing is done on employees to ensure the virus isn’t spreading undetected, dividers are placed throughout the production line to ensure protection, masks are required and all employees along the production line are at least 6 ft. apart. Just recently, Amy’s Kitchen began offering free Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to any employees that want it. The vaccine is distributed on-site at the company’s medical facility that offers free medical services to employees and their families.
Gov. Brown said she could see more business and medical professional partnerships as vaccine rollout continues, saying that the state is potentially looking to get involved, “we’re willing to partner, probably with bigger employers for the most part, but we’re willing help employers coordinate with vaccination efforts,” said Brown.
When asked about the future of vaccinations, Gov. Brown says the way COVID-19 vaccines are administered will shift.
“We see mass vaccination clinics tapering off around mid-May because we want the vaccines to come through a regular vaccination distribution channel,” said Brown.
The Kaiser Family Foundation seems to agree that family physicians will be the best way to ensure more people continue to be vaccinated, especially as vaccine hesitancy remains to be a common barrier to vaccinations throughout the country.
According to an article published on KFF’s website, “throughout the coronavirus pandemic, majorities of U.S. adults have said their doctors and nurses were their most trusted sources of information about the coronavirus and eight in ten have said their doctors are the ones they will turn to when decided whether or not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.”