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Aera in the Community Apr 14, 2021

Aera supports COVID-19’s health-care heroes as Monterey County vaccinates farmworkers

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez (left) and Kathy Miller, Aera public affairs coordinator in Monterey County, hang a banner at a mass vaccination clinic at the King City Fairgrounds in March.

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez (left) and Kathy Miller, Aera public affairs coordinator in Monterey County, hang a banner at a mass vaccination clinic at the King City Fairgrounds in March.

Multiple clinics were hosted throughout Monterey County in March to make vaccines available to the area’s 60,000 farmworkers

As health-care heroes and volunteers continue to work tirelessly to administer COVID-19 vaccines, Aera Energy joined Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez and other local businesses to express our gratitude in the safest way possible.

“Please accept my deepest appreciation for all the work you are doing,” Supervisor Lopez wrote in a message to the health-care workers and volunteers in a social media post. “Whether it’s putting vaccines in people’s arms, waving in a parking lot, helping pass out information or simply greeting individuals – you are part of the solution.”

Two students from Hartnell College’s nursing program assist at a Monterey County COVID-19 vaccination event for area farmworkers.

Two students from Hartnell College’s nursing program assist at a Monterey County COVID-19 vaccination event for area farmworkers.

According to a study conducted by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, California farmworkers have a crucial role in securing the U.S. food supply. Yet they’re among the most vulnerable of essential workers due to the nature of their work. Of 1,091 Salinas Valley farm workers surveyed, 13% tested positive for COVID-19 between July and November 2020.

“These are the individuals who work every day and have continued to work throughout the pandemic to grow the food that we put on our dinner tables every night,” said Lopez. “Prioritizing them to receive vaccines is the best way we can express our gratitude – giving them the best protection available at this time — so they can continue to do the important work they do.”

The Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas hosted the vaccination events with help from Hartnell College’s nursing students.

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