Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Addresses COVID Qs
Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg says her office is getting a lot of calls about when food and ag workers might expect to get the coronavirus vaccine. The short answer is, beginning March first.
Greenberg released a letter to “friends and partners of agriculture” in which she writes the CDA is working closely with state partners to get as many answers as they are able to at this time. Colorado expects to receive a sufficient amount of vaccine doses to begin offering vaccinations to frontline essential food and ag workers around March 1, though this is also subject to change.
While the situation is evolving constantly, the commissioner says the best place for information is the state’s COVID 19 website at www.covid19.colorado.gov
Frontline essential workers in food and agriculture are designated to receive the vaccine in the latter portion of Phase 1b. The state is finishing Phase 1a and moving into the initial groups of Phase 1b (remaining health care workers, first responders, and adults age 70 and over).
Meanwhile, Greenberg says there may be more help on the way for ag producers hit financially by the pandemic.
Greenberg: “We are working right now on how we can find more resources. I think that we potentially have more resources on the processing side that we’re figuring out how we can move out the door now. We’ve also got sights set on the state legislature this year and opportunities that might arise there but then also any potential for any additional federal relief and stimulus that might be coming to states and therefore has the possibility of coming to ag.”