(KWWL) -- Tyson Foods announced Wednesday that it will utilize mobile health clinics to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to its employees.
The meat packing giant is partnering with Matrix Medical Network to deploy the mobile clinics while also educating employees on vaccines. A news release says they will be providing resources available in multiple languages.
“Providing vaccine education and accessibility is a critical part of our ongoing commitment to put the health and safety of our team members first,” said Dean Banks, president and CEO, Tyson Foods.
Tyson said it will strongly encourage employees to get vaccinated. No exact timeframe is given as to when employees could get the vaccine because current guidance does not include meatpacking workers.
Vaccine allocation within Iowa falls to the states after it receives a supply through the federal government.
“Providing vaccinations and healthcare monitoring to Tyson employees is the next step in a comprehensive approach to fighting COVID-19 and establishing new ways of maintaining workplace health and
safety for the future," said Dr. Daniel Castillo, M.D., chief medical officer, Matrix Medical Network.
The company has come under fire within the last year due outbreaks within meat packing plants across the Midwest. A handful of pandemic related lawsuits against Tyson are still pending.
The company claims it spent $540 million across its facilities to implement safety measures and hired more occupational health staff, now totaling 600, including nurses.