Tyson Foods employees were fully immunized 91 percent of the time before the mandated deadline.
On Thursday, Tyson Foods revealed that its 120,000 U.S. employees have received a COVID-19 vaccination rate of 91 percent.
In August, the United Food and Commercial Workers union agreed to the mandate in exchange for better benefits, such as sick leave and a $200 bonus.
Frontline employees have till November 1 to get vaccinated, while nearly 6,000 office employees must get vaccinated by Friday.
Although Tyson has not been sued, it has lost some employees as a result of the law.
“At the start of this, our frontline workers had a lower vaccination rate than our office personnel,” Tyson’s chief medical officer, Dr. Claudia Coplein, told The New York Times.
After a young guy who lived near the facility died of COVID-19, one of Tyson’s plants achieved a 100% immunization rate. According to Dr. Coplein, his uncle worked at the facility, and the personal connection encouraged individuals to get vaccinated.
Vaccine mandates have been placed on corporate employees at Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, but not on frontline workers. United Airlines announced on Tuesday that 593 employees will be fired if they do not follow the company’s rules.
The virus has claimed the lives of at least 132 people in the meatpacking business. When the pandemic initially broke out, conditions in packing facilities caused the virus to spread, resulting in meat shortages across the country.
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