Tyson Foods to require COVID vaccines

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Tyson Foods, the largest food company in the U.S., is now requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for its entire workforce.

Tyson put out a news release on Tuesday morning, August 3rd, that all team members at U.S. office locations will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021- while all other team members will be required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021.

According to the statement, almost half of their U.S. workforce has already been vaccinated and infection rates among their team members remain low.

They also mentioned that since February, Tyson Foods has hosted more than 100 vaccination events for team members across the U.S. and that additional onsite vaccination events will continue to be scheduled in collaboration with local health departments to make the vaccine more accessible.

Additionally, the release states that in order to “support efforts to fully vaccinate all team members” the company will be providing $200 to frontline team members as an expansion of the company’s already existing policy to compensate workers if they get vaccinated outside of their normal hours or through an external source.

The statement claims that Tyson Foods has spent over $700 million on combatting the spread of COVID-19 through face masks, temperature scanners, testing, and vaccinations. They say they’ve also hired more nurses and a Chief Medical Officer in addition to spending hours educating their employees about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

The vaccination mandate will allow exceptions involving workers with medical or religious accommodations.

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