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While there is no evidence of links between food and COVID-19 at this time, we would like to remind you of a few practical farm food safety strategies to continue implementing to protect yourself and your employees and minimize the risk of contamination.
Click the button below to view the COVID-19 FARM FOOD SAFETY REMINDERS published by UH CTAHR Extension Agents.
Please remember to follow all federal, state, and county regulations and recommendations.
Please take extra care to ensure that you, your family, and your employees are employing proper and thorough hand-washing procedures in the field with potable water. Attached is guidance for both handwashing station setup and handwashing procedure.
Handwashing is one of the easiest and simplest things you can do to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria.
To Whom it May Concern,
______________________ is an employee of the [COMPANY NAME] and is allowed to perform agricultural duties as specified in the City & County of Honolulu and Maui County’s “Stay at Home and Work from Home” orders.
Under the order, food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing are considered “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES” and are not subject to the “Stay at Home and Work from Home” orders. Farmers’ market, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry are also considered “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES”.
In addition, the orders direct “Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies needed to operate” to be exempted.
The [COMPANY NAME] provides support and services to farmers and ranchers across the State of Hawaii. The [COMPANY NAME] is an “ESSENTIAL BUSINESS” under the City & County of Honolulu and Maui County’s “Stay at Home and Work from Home” orders and permitted to conduct business.
[POSITION], [COMPANY NAME]
Currently, the Hawaii Department of Health is administering Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The following resources can be used to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Individuals that are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine include:
-Seniors (age 65 or older);
-Individuals 16 and older*;
-Frontline essential workers (which includes food production and agriculture workers);
-Individuals on dialysis;
-Individuals with severe respiratory disease who are on oxygen; and
-Individuals undergoing chemotherapy or other infusion therapy.
*For individuals that are under 18 years old, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that is authorized for this age group.
If an organization or company has frontline essential workers, you are no longer required to complete an online survey. Please encourage eligible individuals to schedule their vaccination with an available vaccination site.
As information and availability regarding the COVID-19 vaccine are different on each island, we highly encourage you to refer to your county’s COVID-19 website for more information.
Individuals, who receive their vaccine, are considered fully vaccinated:
– 2 weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
– 2 weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
To ensure your safety and the safety of others the CDC is recommending individuals to continue to take preventative measures.
For more details on what to expect after receiving a vaccination, visit the CDC’s “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated” Page.
We encourage individuals to abide by their local and state regulations and recommendations.
Did you lose your vaccination card? Depending on who you received your vaccination from, will determine who you will have to contact.
-If you received your vaccination from a hospital, pharmacy, Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs, or medical insurance directed location, please call the respective provider that administered the vaccine.
-If you received your vaccination from a POD site coordinated by the Hawaii Department of Health in Hawaii County, Kauai County, or Maui County, please call your local District Health Office.
Hawaii County: (808) 974-6006
Kauai County: (808) 241-3495
Maui County: (808) 984-3780
-If you received your vaccination from the Leeward Community College POD or are unsure of who operated your vaccination site, please call (808) 586-8332.