The BBC reports that the the UK meat industry has called for the early vaccination of workers to keep food supplies running smoothly during the coronavirus crisis.
Absences during the pandemic, coupled with disruption at ports, could hit food supply chains.
An early vaccination call for supermarket staff was also made by the boss of Sainsbury’s on Thursday.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said coronavirus and disruption at ports due to new systems brought in after the Brexit transition period were “a severe challenge to the industry and to the smooth running of the nation’s food supply chain”.
It argued frontline workers in meat factories should get early vaccinations due to the risk of a rapid spread of the new strains of the virus among key workers.