Team Members at the Tyson Foods plant in Vernon received free, on-site COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday. There were 300 team members that received their first vaccination dose. The vaccinations are voluntary, but highly encouraged.
“The health and safety of our team members is our top priority and offering all of our team members free and convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine is a critical part of that effort,” said Dane Bonfy, plant manager, Tyson Foods. “We are continuing to proactively partner with state and local health departments across the country to provide access to the vaccine while ensuring that all our team members have access to educational information so they can make informed decisions.”
Since February, more than 20,000 of the company’s U.S. employees have been vaccinated at 50 onsite events across the country.
While Tyson is offering free, on-site vaccinations to every U.S. team member as vaccine supplies become available, the company recently announced it will also compensate workers for up to four hours of regular pay if they are vaccinated outside of their normal shift or through an external source.
In preparation for vaccinations, Tyson Foods has been providing expert resources and education about the vaccine to team members. This information is available in multiple languages and team members also have access to a hotline to ask questions.
Providing workers access to the vaccine is the latest in a series of measures Tyson Foods has taken to fight COVID-19. Since the spring of 2020, the company invested hundreds of millions of dollars to transform its U.S. facilities with protective measures, from walk-through temperature scanners and workstation dividers to social distance monitors and always-on testing, as well as provide additional team member pay and benefits. Tyson Foods has also expanded its health services staff, added a chief medical officer and plans to pilot health clinics for team members and their families early this year.