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JBS USA and Pilgrim's
offered a $100 incentive to
all employees who chose to
get the COVID-19 vaccine.

everything from websites to bulletin boards
to mobile apps. The mySimmons mobile app
helps us reach team members in the field and in
production with location specific details. "

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ON-SITE ACCESS
" The focus overall for Tyson Foods has been
access and education, " Burleson said. " We
want to provide easy, convenient access to the
vaccine for our employees. The major part of
that strategy has been our on-site events. "
Starting in mid-February, as the vaccine
became available to front-line meatpacking
plant workers, Tyson began holding on-site
vaccination events. In the month that followed,
more than 50 on-site events were held either at
or near the plants in cities where Tyson plants
are located. In that time frame, the company
helped get 20,000 of its 120,000 US-based
employees vaccinated. By the end of March,
that number was closer to 30,000 employees.
" For the past year, we've invested hundreds
of millions of dollars in our facilities to make
them as safe as possible. Making the vaccine
available to our team members on-site is
the next step in our pandemic response and
our latest measure in our efforts to fight
COVID-19, " Burleson said. " However, this is a

JBS USA

To encourage workers to get vaccinated, a
number of meat processing companies made
the decision to incentivize their employees.
" With regard to vaccinations, our focus is
on achieving the highest voluntary participate
rate possible among our workforce, " said
Nikki Richardson, JBS USA and Pilgrim's
spokesperson. " We are offering a $100
incentive for all team members who choose to
be vaccinated. "
JBS USA and Pilgrim's began its $100
incentive program in late January as the plants
prepared for vaccination events.
" Throughout the pandemic, JBS USA
and Pilgrim's have adopted industry-leading
measures to protect our essential front-line
workers who continue to provide food for
the nation, " said Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS
USA. " Our goal in offering this extra pay to our
team members is to remove any barriers to
vaccination and incentivize our team members
to protect themselves, their families and
their co-workers. With nearly 66,000 US team
members, we are hopeful this initiative will
lead to high vaccination participation rates
that will benefit our workforce and the rural
communities and cities in which they live and
work across America. "
JBS USA and Pilgrim's said the companies
have invested more than $200 million to
protect its workforce during the pandemic, in
addition to more than $160 million in increased
wages and bonuses and $50 million supporting
communities where it operates.
Before vaccination distribution began
around the country, Chris Gaddis, head

of human resources with JBS, said the
company's internal surveys about workers'
willingness to being vaccinated concluded
that participation rates of employees at plants
across the United States would range from
60% to 90%.
" We recognize that some team members in
our diverse workforce may have concerns or
be less inclined to get vaccinated, " Gaddis said
in January. " The incentive bonus is designed to
encourage voluntary vaccination and provide
an additional measure of support to our team
members who have given so much to society
and our country during this pandemic. "
Other companies, instead of providing
bonuses for vaccinations, have opted to
compensate workers for time lost from work.
Tyson said it will pay employees up to four
hours of regular pay if they are vaccinated
outside of their normal shift or if they are
vaccinated at an off-site location.
" This incentive is an additional way we can
encourage our front-line workers to receive
the vaccination, which we believe is another
important protective measure, " said Johanna
Söderström, executive vice president and chief
human resources officer for Tyson.
" This is all part of our strategy to try to make
it as accessible as possible, " Burleson said.


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