The meat processing industry is frustrated that its call for priority Covid-19 vaccinations for the sector has not been heeded, even though it is an essential service at high risk of spreading the virus. The Meat Industry Association became concerned late last year following news that overseas meat plants had been hot beds of covid transmission with the virus spreading rapidly through plants, and into the community. MIA Policy manager Paul Goldstone says  Meat workers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia are prioritised for vaccines but not here in NZ – even though the meat industry employs 25,000 people and earns $9.2 billion in export revenue. The Ministry of Health says it has  received about 250 requests from businesses  for Covid-19 vaccinations to their staff across a range of industries.