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March 1 Eligibility for 1B Food Supply Chain Workers

On Saturday, February 27, FaB forwarded a COVID Vaccination Update provided by the WEDC in coordination with DHS to our members. And on Monday, March 1, we pursued clarification on four frequently asked questions we received:

1. As we understand it, the list of newly eligible also reflects the order of who within this next wave are eligible first, second, etc. Is the same true for the sub-categories under the Food Supply Chain?

2. Are food and beverage manufacturing workers (e.g. pizza makers, tea makers, breweries, pretzels, chocolate, etc.) included within the prioritization of food production workers (such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees)?

3. When could we anticipate vaccines may become available to the food supply chain? April, May, June, July?

4. When eligible and available, do employers need to provide a type of verification? This may be answered on the Registry when launched.

The following should be helpful:

To FaB – From DHS March 1: Thank you for your email. Every community is different. Some places may be able to start vaccinating your group earlier than others. But everyone will eventually have the opportunity to get vaccinated.
The order of the 1b eligible workers
  • You are correct in your understanding of the order of eligibility within the current vaccine phase, and yes it is also true for the sub categories.

  • Some, but not all, food and beverage manufacturing workers will be included. I recommend that you reach out to your local health department regarding the specific industries. A list of these websites can be found here. 

  • DHS anticipates that food supply chain workers will receive the vaccine in April and May. This can be found on the eligibility website here.

  • Most providers require a pay stub as proof of eligibility but you should reach out to your local health department.

  • Additionally:
    • People that produce food packaging are not eligible at this time.
    • Restaurant employees are not eligible at this time
Stay up-to-date on the progress of Wisconsin's vaccine initiative through any of the following:
  • DHS COVID-19 vaccine information, including eligibility in 1b on March 1.

  • Vaccine providers are still prioritizing previously eligible groups, such as individuals ages 65 and older, before vaccinating groups eligible on March Based on the amount of vaccine doses available, it will take months for all newly eligible groups to get vaccinated.

  • Prioritized beginning March 1 are the following listed in order of priority:
    • Education staff
    • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
    • Some public facing essential workers including:
    • 911 operators
    • Utility and communications infrastructure
    • Public transit
    • Food supply chain including:
      1. Agricultural production workers, such as farm owners and other farm employees.
      2. Critical workers who provide on-site support to multiple agricultural operations, such as livestock breeding and insemination providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, and livestock veterinarians.
      3. Food production workers, such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees.
      4. Retail food workers, such as employees at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that also sell groceries.
      5. Hunger relief personnel, including people involved in charitable food distribution, community food and housing providers, social services employees who are involved in food distribution, and emergency relief workers.
  • Where to get the vaccine for those who are eligible: Check the website of your health care provider, pharmacy, and local or tribal health department for resources to learn more about if vaccine and appointments are available in your community. As part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the vaccine is available at select Walgreens locations. Visit the Walgreens online registration website or call 1-800-Walgreens.

Helpful Wisconsin DHS Resource Links:

The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee’s (SDMAC) Vaccine Distribution Subcommittee is responsible for making distribution decisions. SDMAC holds public meetings and anyone can submit public comments. You can find information about the SDMAC here


As we continue to understand the do’s and don’ts of developing an Employee Vaccination Plan, consider FaB’s HR & Talent Forum for best practice sharing, as well as the below member resources.