WASHINGTON — The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), the Consumer Brands Association and the American Bakers Association (ABA) were among 15 signatories of a June 24 letter addressed to President Donald Trump urging that food and agriculture workers receive the next highest priority for a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic vaccine, once available. Highest priority currently is set for health care workers, first responders and high-risk individuals.

The industry groups urged the federal government to coordinate vaccine distribution.

“Leaving vaccine distribution to the states will result in an inconsistent, inefficient process,” the groups stated in the letter.

The groups added, “Prioritizing vaccinations for food, agriculture, retail and CPG workers will be a key intervention to help keep workers healthy and the food and CPG supply chain operating.”