Tyson Foods Provides Additional Incentive for Frontline Workers to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), is providing an additional incentive
for frontline workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The company, which already offers free, on-site COVID-19
vaccinations at its U.S. plants, consistent with prioritization
regulations and as vaccine supplies become available, has 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
Several hundred Tyson Foods team members, mostly
health service staff and workers over the age of 65, have already
been vaccinated. The company expects about 1,000 frontline workers
in Illinois, Missouri and Virginia will be vaccinated this week and
is prepared to provide free access at other locations across the
country as more doses of the vaccine are made available.
Tyson Foods is partnering with Matrix Medical
Network to educate the company’s 120,000 U.S. team members about
the vaccines and is working with local and state health officials
as well as approved vaccine providers to access doses, pursuant to
prioritization regulations. Vaccinations for Tyson Foods team
members are voluntary, but highly encouraged.
“I appreciate the company’s efforts to secure
vaccines for us,” said Tim Adams, who works at the company’s
Wilkesboro complex and has been employed with Tyson for 47 years.
“I’m in a high-risk category due to my health, so for me it was an
easy decision to get vaccinated. It’s the next logical step in
keeping myself and those around me healthy and safe.”
Associated Press Link to Photos of Vaccinations
at Tyson Foods’ Wilkesboro, NC, Poultry Plant
“This incentive is an additional way we can
encourage our frontline workers to receive the vaccination, which
we believe is another important protective measure,” said Johanna
Söderström, executive vice president and chief human resources
officer for Tyson Foods. “We’re ready to vaccinate more of our
people, especially through the free, on-site vaccination program
we’ve developed, however, vaccine availability continues to vary by
Providing workers access to the vaccine is
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.
Tyson Foods reports that it continues to
experience success in its efforts to protect workers from the
virus. The incidence of the virus involving the company’s U.S. team
members remains low.
About Tyson FoodsTyson Foods,
Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a
recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and
grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has
a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy
Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®,
ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually
to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s
available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food
can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has
139,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives
to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders,
customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of
the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
Visit TYSONFOODS.COM to learn more.
Contact: Derek Burleson, 479-290-6466