Tyson Foods Inc. is providing an additional incentive for frontline workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Tyson announced it will compensate workers for up to four hours of regular pay if they are vaccinated outside of their normal shift or through an external source.
The company already offers free, on-site COVID-19 vaccinations at its U.S. plants, consistent with prioritization regulations and as vaccine supplies become available.
Several hundred Tyson Foods team members, mostly health service staff and workers over the age of 65, have already been vaccinated.
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.
“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 state.”