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April 07, 2021 - Gettysburg, PA

Secretary of Agriculture Visits Rural Vaccine Clinics, Encourages Farmworkers to Seize Opportunity

With all of Pennsylvania's essential agriculture industry now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited with two vaccine providers in Adams County.

The Adams County-WellSpan Health Joint Community COVID-19 Vaccination Site, which serves the community at large, and Keystone Health, whose mission is to serve the unique needs of Pennsylvania's migrant and seasonal farmworker population, are both accessible options for farmworkers in Pennsylvania's 20,000-acre fruit belt.

"For the past year, you've pushed up your sleeves and continued working to feed Pennsylvania and the world as the coronavirus pandemic surged across the commonwealth," said Redding. "Now it's time to roll up your sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine. Choosing to protect your health with the vaccine not only protects you and your family, but it ensures the availability and accessibility of our food supply. It's critical to the resilience of our industry."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Adams County Commissioners Jim Martin, left, Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, center, and Joel Rotz, with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, speak together outside of a vaccination site located inside Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding gets a tour of a vaccination site located inside Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, left, speaks with Warren Bladen, director of Emergency Services for Adams County, center, and Adams County Commissioner Chairman Randy Phiel, inside a vaccination site located inside Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding tours a new rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The exterior of a rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Vaccines are pictured inside Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Melinda Jeffries, operations manager with Wellspan Health, preps vaccines inside a vaccination site at Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; Joanne Cochran, CEO and president of Keystone Health; Dr. Melanie Finkenbinder, medical director with Keystone Health; and Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, speak together inside a new rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding gathers outside of a vaccination site located inside Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; Joanne Cochran, CEO and president of Keystone Health; Ed Franchi,  director of the Statewide Agricultural Worker Program with Keystone Health; Dr. Melanie Finkenbinder, medical director with Keystone Health; and Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, speak together inside a new rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Stickers are pictured inside a vaccination site at Adams County Emergency Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; Joanne Cochran, CEO and president of Keystone Health; Dr. Melanie Finkenbinder, medical director with Keystone Health; Ed Franchi, director of the Statewide Agricultural Worker Program with Keystone Health; and Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, speak together inside a new rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding tours a new rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The exterior of a rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18667_AGRIC_Vaccines_NK_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; Joanne Cochran, CEO and president of Keystone Health; Ed Franchi,  director of the Statewide Agricultural Worker Program with Keystone Health; Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and Joel Rotz, with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, speak together inside a new rural Keystone Heath Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.