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NPPC welcomes additional COVID-19 vaccine support from USDA

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds special action from the US Department of Agriculture that will assist in the widespread administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

19 February 2021, at 7:27am

Declared essential by the US Department of Homeland Security at the onset of the COVID pandemic, hog farmers, veterinarians, livestock haulers, harvest facility employees and other workers across the pork supply chain play a vital role in our nation’s food security and rural economies. On 17 February, the US Department of Agriculture announced plans to deploy qualified personnel across several states to assist in the administration of the COVID vaccine. NPPC applauds the USDA for taking this special action.

NPPC President Howard “AV” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin, made the following statement:

“The US pork industry takes its role as an essential economic sector seriously and has made considerable investments to ensure the safety of its workers while maintaining its commitment to the nation’s food security. Of course, vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19 and we are grateful to the USDA for making personnel available to accelerate this national priority.”

Yesterday, NPPC launched a campaign, “You’re Essential, So It’s Essential,” to encourage US pork industry workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Click here for more information.