Tyson Foods Partnering With Leading Clinical Services Company to Focus on Vaccine Education/Access
Tyson Foods is partnering with the Matrix Medical Network to ensure that team members are educated about, and have access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
Matrix will collaborate with Tyson Foods’ health services team to deploy mobile health clinics and expert clinical staff to support vaccine communications, administration and counseling at Tyson Foods facilities beginning early this year, and continuing throughout the year. Tyson Foods will provide team members withthird-party education information in multiple languages from resources such as the Centers for Disease Control about the vaccines and vaccination process.
“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.
Because vaccine availability varies by state, Tyson Foods is committed to a long-term strategy that ensures any team member who wants a vaccine will receive one. Vaccines will be administered at the earliest opportunity following guidance from health officials and in sufficient quantities to ensure effective scheduling and delivery. Tyson will strongly encourage employees to take the vaccination.
“Tyson and Matrix have worked together throughout the pandemic to create clinically driven strategies to mitigate the risk of the virus in the workplace,” said Dr. Daniel Castillo, M.D., chief medical officer, Matrix Medical Network. “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.”
This announcement is the latest in a series of steps that Tyson has taken to fight new waves of the coronavirus, including the strategic testing of workers without symptoms. The company has invested more than 540-million dollars to transform its facilities with protective measures such as walk-through temperature scanners, workstation dividers, social distance monitors, always-on testing, and providing additional team member pay and benefits.
Tyson Foods is currently testing thousands of workers per week as part of its industry-leading monitoring strategy. They are also planning to launch health clinics for team members and their families early this year. Tyson has recently hired a Chief Medical Officer, as well as an additional 200 nurses and administrative staff.
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