All Tyson Foods employees are now being required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, President and CEO Donnie King said Tuesday.
According to King, all Tyson leadership (officers and above) must be vaccinated by Sept. 24, all team members in office by Oct. 1, and all other team members by Nov. 1, 2021.
Additionally, all new hires must be fully vaccinated before their start date.
King says that team members who are members of a union will be subject to the results of union bargaining on the issue.
According to King, Tyson's frontline team members who are fully vaccinated and verified in Tyson's "Vaccination Verification Program" will receive $200 as a "thank you," subject to ongoing discussion with the corporation's unions.
"We did not take this decision lightly," King's statement said. "We have spent months encouraging our team members to get vaccinated – today, under half of our team members are. We take this step today because nothing is more important than our team members’ health and safety, and we thank them for the work they do, every day, to help us feed this country, and our world."
King indicated that the decision to mandate vaccines for employees was being made due to the spread of contagious COVID-19 variants, like the Delta variant.
Tyson Foods says that since February, it has hosted more than 100 vaccination events for its employees, but that under half of its overall workforce is currently vaccinated.