Tyson chicken plant offers employees a chance to win $10,000 if they get vaccinated

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Tyson Foods’ chicken plant is offering its workers a chance to win $10,000, once a week to encourage them to get vaccinated.
  • Nearly 50 U.S. Tyson chicken plants are offering the once-a-week giveaway for those who received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • Earlier this month, Tyson announced that it would require all of its US employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 1.

Tyson Foods’ chicken plant announced Thursday that it is offering workers a chance to win $10,000 for getting vaccinated. 

The company is ramping up its vaccination campaign as the highly contagious Delta variant prompts surges in cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the nation.

“Team members at nearly 50 of our chicken facilities have an opportunity to win $10,000, once a week for the next five weeks, if they’ve received at least one dose of the vaccine,” a Tyson spokesperson said in an email. “This is in addition to incentives being offered in other areas of our business, as well as an enterprise wide $200 thank you for team members who are vaccinated.”

Tyson is committed to spending about $2.5 million on the incentive program. The $10,000 giveaway will be awarded to one worker at each site every week, starting this week.

In a blog posted Thursday, CEO Donnie King wrote: “More than half of our U.S. workforce is vaccinated.”

Tyson has mandated the vaccine before the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the shots. Since the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday, the country has seen a flood of new vaccine mandates.

Tyson’s plant based in Springdale, Arkansas is holding over 100 vaccination clinics and offering to compensate workers up to four hours of pay if they got their shots elsewhere or off-hours.

Tyson and its competitors have been plagued by outbreaks, labor shortages and absenteeism due to the pandemic. The meat industry struggled to get hundreds of thousands of workers vaccinated.

Tyson, which has reported deaths due to COVID-19 among its workers, faces lawsuits filed by some families accusing the company failed to take adequate measures to protect employees.

“Nearly all hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. are among those who are unvaccinated,” King said in his post, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It is abundantly clear that getting vaccinated is the single most effective thing we can do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.”

Earlier this month, Tyson announced that it would require all of its US employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 1. It becomes the biggest U.S. food company to require vaccination against Covid-19.

Source: CBS News

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