Tyson Foods Offers Wallula Employees Covid-19 Vaccine
Tyson Foods in Wallula has offered employees the opportunity to receive Covid-19 Vaccinations. The company is working in partnership with the Walla Walla County Department of Health to vaccinate employees at the beef plant. Last year the plant was forced to shutdown operations due to an outn=break of the virus.
Tyson Officials estimate that about 100 employees have already received one dose of the vaccine, and were offering it to others with a clinic at the site for anyone who wanted the shots.
Last May, the plant was dealing with an outbreak, where it was reported that 250 workers had tested positive for the virus. Three employees died.
Tyson has already invested more than $540 million to protect its workers against Covid-19 by installing temperature scanners, workstation dividers, and social distancing monitors.
The beef plant had to shut down operations last April after employees tested positive for the virus. The plant employs more than 1,400 people and produces enough beef in one day to feed more than 4 million people.
The plant had to shut down operations last year for about 12 days. Operations resumed after deep cleaning and sanitizing was completed.
Due to last April's outbreak, the plant had struggled with a high rate of worker absenteeism.
As the vaccine becomes more readily available, healthcare officials are hopeful that more organizations throughout the area will offer vaccinations to employees with workplace vaccination clinics.
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