All Salm Partners,
Yesterday, the State of Wisconsin officially announced food production workers are in the next vaccine rollout phase (Phase 1b). The expected start date for Phase 1b is around March 1st. This date may move based on vaccine availability, but it is only 33 days away!
Beginning this week, those 65 and older have been able to get vaccinated at the major medical providers (Bellin, Prevea, and Aurora). Excitingly, we have already had some partners receive their first shot! After almost a full year of fighting COVID-19, the light at the end of the tunnel is a most welcome sight.
Salm Partners has been fighting the spread of COVID-19 through a combination of masks, testing, barriers, temperature checks, health screens, and other measures. However, the vaccine gives you the most effect layer of protection against COVID-19. Here are some key points about COVID-19 vaccination:
Last year, I communicated that within the next 100 days the US could pass 290,000 deaths due to COVID-19. I am sad to say that 114 days later the US has surpassed 425,000 deaths due to COVID-19. This is almost ten times as many deaths per year due to the flu (about 50,000). As people around the country get tired of fighting COVID-19, the way to defeat this disease is vaccination.
The State of Wisconsin has recognized that you provide an essential service to our country. It is my hope that you will take the opportunity to protect yourself through vaccination once it becomes available. This simple act will also protect your loved ones, your fellow partners, and our ability to deliver food to the country.
Thank you for your heroic efforts to adapt during these challenging times. It has been your dedication and resilience that has allowed us to protect each other and continue our essential operations during the last year. Please continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 through wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and . . . coming soon . . . vaccination!
Thanks for being a partner,
Keith M. Lindsey
President & CEO