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Vaccinating Migrant Farmworkers in Illinois

 
Migrant farmworkers receive COVID-19 vaccines in southern Illinois in February 2021.

Migrant farmworkers receive COVID-19 vaccines in southern Illinois in February 2021. Christine Herman/Illinois Newsroom

The United States has more than a million farmworkers who come from Mexico every year on temporary work visas. Some who are just beginning to arrive into Illinois, are getting the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The 21st spoke to two Illinois Newsroom reporters who have been following the story about the state of vaccinations in some of these hard-to-reach migrant populations and communities.

Read more: ‘We’re Very Grateful’: For Some Farmworkers, U.S. Work Visas Provide Opportunity For Vaccination

Guests:

Dana Cronin, Agriculture reporter Illinois Newsroom and Harvest Public Media

Christine Herman, Health reporter for Illinois Newsroom and Side Effects Public Media

 

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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