Farmworker Justice Releases Children’s Song to Convey the Importance of COVID-19 Immunization
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January 25, 2022
(Washington, D.C.) – Farmworker Justice is pleased to announce the release of its COVID-19 Children’s Vaccination Song, a three-minute music video created to spread awareness of the importance of COVID-19 immunization for personal and public safety. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the song was designed to reach children and resonate with families. Additionally, by writing the song in Spanish and basing it from a recognizable Spanish tune, Farmworker Justice sought to impart its message specifically to communities that struggle with access to correct COVID-19 information.
As the pandemic continues to develop and persist, the importance of vaccines is even more salient now as children over the age of 5 are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech. Farmworkers – despite being essential workers – face obstacles to healthcare and accurate information about COVID-19 and preventative safety measures due to lack of PPE, lack of ability to socially distance while working or at home, lack of access to handwashing stations, the spread of misinformation, and other social and economic difficulties. It is part of Farmworker Justice’s mission to meet farmworkers where they are by creating resources that resonate with the “cultura” of many of America’s farmworkers and their communities.
“We want all families to have the information they need to stay safe, regardless of language barriers,” said Farmworker Justice Director of Health Policy and Programs, Alexis Guild. “Vaccines are one way to help protect farmworker families from the effects of COVID-19. Our goal is to break down the barriers farmworkers and their communities have historically faced when it comes to health information and access,” she added.
The video was shot on location at Ruben’s Ranch, Coachella, CA, an area known for its large migrant farmworker population. It can be viewed in its entirety on Farmworker Justice’s website or YouTube channel (English translations are also available). Music and lyrics were created by Joseph Gonzalez and Isabel Gross. Farmworker Justice relies on its allies and health partners to help with outreach and encourages them to share widely.
Farmworker Justice is a national advocacy organization for farmworkers. FJ founded in 1981 is based in Washington, D.C. and collaborates with organizations throughout the country to empower farmworkers to improve their wages, working conditions, occupational safety, health immigration status and access to justice. For more information visit the Farmworker Justice website at www.farmworkerjustice.org and follow on Twitter at @FarmwrkrJustice.
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