Shots Amidst Shrooms: Farmworkers in Southern Chester County Receive Onsite Vaccinations

Mushroom harvesters COVID-19 vaccines onsite
Image via the American Mushroom Institute.
The American Mushroom Institute organized vaccine clinics for Kennett Square's farmworkers.

Chester County farmworkers are finally getting their COVID-19 vaccines. Better, they don’t even have to leave the worksite. The outreach is courtesy of the Avondale-based American Mushroom Institute (AMI), writes Ximena Conde for WHYY.

AMI surveyed local farmworkers, who are primarily Latino, and found that most of them wanted to receive a shot as soon as possible. Then, it spent months collaborating with mushroom farms, the state Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and LCH Health and Community Services to find the best way to provide them.

The best solution became the simplest: Educate the employees to answer any questions and overcome hesitation. Then, bring doses directly to the farms.

“Obviously that’s a huge access benefit,” said LeeAnn Riloff, director of development at LCH. “It’s right there at work, and it’s in a trusted place where Spanish is spoken, and they don’t have to take off any time from work.”

AMI received 5,000 vaccine doses for the two-week inoculation efforts of farmworkers at eight local farms.

Read more about these onsite vaccination efforts at WHYY.