In the barge business, vaccinating the crew remains key

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Business is far from where it was pre-pandemic for Austin Golding, president of Golding Barge Line. Despite widespread damage in communities throughout the South and mid-Atlantic, the aftermath of Hurricane Ida isn’t necessarily the top of his concerns. For Golding, the biggest issue is still COVID-19.

Crewing the barges has been an issue for Golding in the past, but now he’s set a goal to encourage his employees to get vaccinated. “We’re probably closing in on 60-65% vaccinated,” Golding said in an interview with “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal. “And we’re trying to push as many as we can voluntarily to get it.”

Golding spoke with Ryssdal about the risks posed by climate change and his efforts to vaccinate his crew. The following is a transcript of their conversation.

Kai Ryssdal: I have to tell you, when I heard that storm is coming through — and maybe this is me being too close to my sources…

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