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Home Grown: Hundred of farmworkers get first vaccine dose

The ag community does its part during the pandemic

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Taylor Farms has been able to vaccinate more than 1,100 people in the last eight days, but it doesn't stop there.

They will continue to vaccinate in the coming weeks before their mass second-dose event on April 6.

In today's Home Grown, farmworkers were able to get the first dose of the vaccine since the county opened it up to the 1B Tier which includes agriculture workers.

Marcus Shebl vice president of operations for Taylor Farms says these workers are at higher risk to contract the virus because not only do they work in close quarters, but often times they live in close quarters.

With the help of the National Guard and the Yuma County Public Health District, Taylor Farms was able to do the vaccine event at their facility.

"Especially with farmworkers and production plant workers, these folks are often working shoulder to shoulder. We've done a lot of stuff with social distancing, but the world isn't a perfect place," Shebl said. "For them to get sick right now, it's always a bad time, but a lot of these folks are away from their families."

About 800 of the farmworkers vaccinated are working in the project plants and roughly 300 are out harvesting in the fields.

Vaccine / Yuma County / Yuma County Coronavirus
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April Hettinger

April was born and raised in San Diego where she loved the beach town and her two dogs, Lexi and Malibu. She decided to trade the beach for the snow and advanced her education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After a short 3 ½ years, she earned bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with minors in Journalism and Spanish but gained memories and friendships she will always remember.

She began her broadcast journalism career through NAZ Today, northern Arizona’s local news station, by covering breaking news, building relationships with the community, learning to produce a newscast and anchoring live. Although she will miss her snowy mountain town, she is excited to further her broadcast career and take on the heat in a great city like Yuma.

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