Kern County, United Farm Workers Providing Vaccines To Over 4,000 Farmworkers
Over 1,000 farm workers in Kern County received their first round of vaccines last weekend in Delano. The United Farm Workers and partnering organizations have plans to vaccinate thousands more in the coming weeks.
The UFW , in partnership with the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force, is vaccinating farm workers every weekend for the next three weeks as part of the county’s initiative to get more farm workers vaccinated. For the first weekend, UFW President Teresa Romero said 500 people were registered for each day.
“We had probably a hundred people each day that did not register, but we were still able to give them the vaccination,” Romero said, adding that it’s better for farmworkers to register in advance. The only thing they need to provide is a form of ID.
Romero wants farm workers to know they don’t have to fear the vaccine process because of their legal status. “We’re not asking for any legal residency,” Romero said. “We aren’t asking for anything other than some health questions.”
The vaccine site is located at The 40 Acres in Delano.
“It’s a place where farm workers feel at home,” Romero said. “That’s the beginning, where the movement started, where Cesar Chavez started organizing and started the boycott.”
To register, call the UFW Foundation's hotline at 661-501-4280 or the Project Abuelita hotline from the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force at 661-525-5900.