The new analysis follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vote on December 20 to prioritize vaccination for frontline meat and poultry workers.
According to data from the Food and Environment Reporting Network, the meat and poultry sector was reported to have an average of 5.57 new cases per 100,000 workers per day in November. Infection rates amongst meat and poultry workers have declined steeply in the last six months while surging across the United States.
The New York Times reports that during the same period, the average new case rate for the US population was 45.36 cases per 100,000 people per day.
The new analysis follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vote December 20 to prioritize vaccination for frontline meat and poultry workers, joining a growing consensus that urgently vaccinating the sector’s diverse workforce is the next step for building on more than $1.5 billion in effective protection measures implemented since the spring.
The North American Meat Institute is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. The Meat Institute’s members process the vast majority of US beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well as manufacture the equipment and ingredients needed to produce the safest and highest quality meat and poultry products.