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Tyson to vaccinate thousands of Iowa workers starting this week

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About 800 Tyson workers were vaccinated on Feb. 19 and 20 in Joslin, Illinois.

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Starting this week, Tyson is offering free, onsite COVID-19 vaccinations to thousands of workers at Iowa plants.

The vaccines are being provided in conjunction with local health departments across the Hawkeye State. Food processing workers are in the priority group now eligible for vaccination.

According to Tyson, many of the company's 13,000 Iowa employees will be vaccinated this week during events at or near company facilities in Columbus Junction, Council Bluffs, Independence, Perry, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.

“We’ve been working with Matrix Medical, Hy-Vee and health department officials across Iowa to prepare for this moment and we’re ready,” said Tom Brower, senior vice president of Health and Safety for Tyson Foods. “We’re pleased to offer our team members convenient access to the vaccine, and we appreciate the state of Iowa recognizing the essential role they play in feeding the world.”

Tyson announced in February that it would compensate workers for up to four hours of regular pay if they're vaccinated outside of their normal shift.

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