Key workers in the meat industry should have priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations given the importance of the UK food chain, industry groups have said.
A letter has been sent to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, urging government to place key workers in meat plants on the list of early recipients.
It comes as the UK moves toward rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as early as next week, becoming the first western country to be granted a licence.
The vaccine has today (2 December) been authorised for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA).
The British Meat Processors Association, the Food Standards Agency and the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association have called for meat workers to be among the earlier receivers.
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