Essential but Ineligible: an Op-Ed

Vials of the Covid vaccine

“In a nutshell: Farmworkers are recognized as essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That gives them some mobility protection, reducing the need to prove residency as they migrate.

But even a farmworker who lives in Florida year-round may not be able to document being a Florida resident. There’s the catch. To be vaccinated here, you must prove you are a Florida resident….Conclusion? A farmworker is essential but almost certainly can’t get vaccinated. “

Update: (4/19/21): This op-ed was referenced by an article in the Naples News: 

Florida farmworkers struggled to get vaccinated. But health officials finding ways to help. Janine Zeitlin, Naples Daily News, 4/15/21.

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