COVID-19 · Fresno

Chavez pushes for Valley to receive coronavirus vaccine first

As two American-developed vaccines appear primed for Federal Drug Administration approval and rollout, Valley leaders are pushing state officials to expedite deployment of the inoculations.

Tuesday, Fresno City Council member Luis Chavez penned a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom pushing for the Valley to receive preferential distribution of the vaccines.

“Many of our residents have worked throughout the pandemic in essential industries to ensure that our state and our nation has food on the table,” Chavez wrote.

“As a Councilmember of one of the hardest hit areas in the City of Fresno, I am asking you to prioritize the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine right here in the City of Fresno and the Central Valley.”

Noting the key industries in the area, Chavez said that placing the Valley at the forefront of vaccine deployment was critical.

“The Central Valley is the breadbasket of this nation, if [farm workers, meat packing, and food processing workers] get sick and can’t work, the country won’t get fed – literally.”

Here’s what Chavez wrote

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at