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Tyson Foods joins the ‘vaccine requirement club’, Covid-19 vaccine for all US workers



Tyson Foods is the latest big company to announce vaccine requirements for all their workers. We already reported that multiple major company across US already announced vaccine requirement for their employees and even some federal agencies, states and cities announced the same for their workers.

According to Tyson Foods, the new mandate that was announced of Tuesday would affect all plant and office workers. Tyson Foods added that their latest data shows that more than 50% of 120,000 company employees are already vaccinated.

The company divided their workers in three groups and they will be required to get vaccinated until different due date depending in which group they belong. The first group is the leadership of the company, officers and above, and they are required to get vaccinated until September 24.

The second group is office workers and they will have to show a proof for their vaccination status no later than October 1. The third group is plant workers and they will have the time until November 1 to get the vaccine, subject to ongoing discussions with locations represented by unions.

The company also announced that incentive of $200 will be given to their frontline workers.

Most of the companies that announced vaccination mandate for their workers are tech companies, while Tyson Foods is the first big food company to announce vaccine requirement for all their workers.

“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the single most effective thing we can do to protect our team members, their families and their communities,” Tyson Foods chief medical officer Dr. Claudia Coplein said in a statement.

“With rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts of contagious, dangerous variants leading to increasing rates of severe illness and hospitalization among the U.S. unvaccinated population, this is the right time to take the next step to ensure a fully vaccinated workforce.”

Walmart decided not to ask their workers to get vaccinated as a result of the fear of workers shortage in many states.