Tyson starts vaccination programme in its plants
A free vaccination programme in Tyson Foods plants has started recently, covering a large percent of the company's US workforce. The vaccines are being provided in conjunction with Matrix Medical and local health departments in each of the three states, where food processing workers are among the priority group now eligible for vaccination.
“We’ve been working with Matrix Medical and health department officials to prepare for this moment and we’re ready,” said Tom Brower, senior vice president of Health and Safety for Tyson Foods. “We’re pleased to offer our team members convenient access to the vaccine, and we appreciate state leaders recognizing the essential role they play in feeding the world.”
Tyson Foods officials expect many of the company’s 24,000 Arkansas employees to be vaccinated during onsite events, beginning at its Fayetteville, Arkansas, plant on Tuesday, March 9 and its Berry St. plant in Springdale on Wednesday, March 10.
Additional vaccination events are planned this week for Tyson team members in Garden City, Kansas, and at Tyson facilities in Claremont, Monroe, Sanford and Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Nearly 10,000 of the company’s U.S. employees have recently been vaccinated either at onsite events or through an external source. Approximately 1,300 team members were vaccinated March 3-5 at Tyson’s Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant. Tyson Foods continues to experience success in its efforts to protect workers from the virus. The incidence of the virus involving the company’s US team members remains very low. Since the spring of 2020, the company invested hundreds of millions of dollars to transform its US facilities with protective measures.
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