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Poultry companies prepare to vaccinate workers in Delaware

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The Associated Press

DOVER, Del. — Poultry workers in Delaware are now prioritized as essential employees under the state’s Phase 1B of vaccine distribution.

The Delaware News Journal reported on Feb. 8 that leaders in the industry and state are now faced with the next step of getting shots into workers arms.

But it won’t be an easy task. There’s a vaccine shortage and language barriers to contend with because many of the workers are part of Delaware’s Latino and Haitian immigrant communities.

Representatives from two companies, Mountaire and Perdue, said they are deep into multi-lingual educational campaigns to spread awareness about the importance of the vaccine. The campaigns include signs around the workplace dispelling vaccine myths and letters mailed to employees’ homes.

Both companies have wellness centers at the poultry plants. They will ultimately become the headquarters for vaccine distribution.

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