Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) has begun to offer employees further incentive in exchange for receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. However, it is struggling to find available doses to administer their workers.
The American multinational corporation was granted a large share of vaccines this week and has begun vaccinations for employees within its Missouri, Illinois and Virginia plants. Nevertheless, the shipment only contains 1,000 doses to be split between the three states.
Throughout the month the company has received 25 to 50 doses at a time to immunize its health workers as well as those over 65 years of age.
“We’re not turning down any opportunity to obtain a vaccine for our team members,” said Tom Brower, Tyson senior vice president for health and safety.
With more than 120,000 employees throughout two dozen states, the results have not been sufficient. The supply received is not enough to open vaccination clinics on a large scale.
“We’re coming to these jurisdictions asking for, you know, 1,000 or 1,500 doses,” at a time, said Dr. Daniel Castillo, chief medical officer of Matrix Medical Network, Tyson’s occupation health provider which has been holding onsite testing for the meatpacker.
Some states have begun to provide access so that essential workers may be vaccinated, but the matter of supply still holds back many from receiving the shot. Local Health Departments are unable to give large employers a timeframe for when they will receive access.
“They don’t know, going in sometimes, how much they’ll have to actually allocate to us. And so that’s part of the challenge is really not having that line of sight,” Dr. Castillo said.