Tyson Foods begins vaccinating workers against Covid, but struggles to find doses
· Tyson started onsite Covid vaccinations at three of its plants this week, but was only able to secure 1,000 doses across three states
· Tyson is actively educating employees to combat vaccine hesitancy and providing paid time off to those who can get a shot offsite.
· Congress is investigating Covid outbreaks at meatpacking firms including Tyson; the company says its Covid protocols are now keeping workers safe.
Bertha Coombs, CNBC
Feb 19 2021
In the hunt to gain access to Covid vaccines, large employers like Tyson Foods are faring no better than a lot of individual Americans. Tight supplies are leaving them mostly waiting.
The meat processing company received its biggest allocation of vaccines yet this week and is conducting vaccinations for workers at its plants in Missouri, Illinois and Virginia. But, it’s just 1,000 doses across the three states.
So far this month, they’ve gotten 25 to 50 doses at a time to inoculate their occupational health staff and workers over 65.
“We’re not turning down any opportunity to obtain vaccine for our team members,” explained Tom Brower, Tyson senior vice president for health and safety.
However, the opportunities have been limited...
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