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High-Risk Farmworkers Line Up For COVID Vaccine

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Regina Francisca Isidro (center) speaks to a nurse before receiving a coronavirus vaccine shot at the United Farm Workers Foundation clinic in Oxnard on March 7. A translator (left) helps. (Sharon McNary/LAist)
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California’s hundreds of thousands of agricultural workers are at high risk for infection from COVID-19 because of the crowded conditions where they work and live.

So getting them vaccinated could be a life-saver. On Sunday, 500 farmworkers received their first vaccine dose in Oxnard.

The United Farm Workers Foundation partnered with the Ventura County Health Department to give the shots. They set up an outdoor clinic under pop-up shade tents in an alley behind the nonprofit organization’s office.

Oxnard, home to many farmworkers, has seen about 40% of the county’s COVID-19 infections, said Rigoberto Vargas, director of the Ventura County Public Health Department.

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