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Top U.S. Meat packer Makes Vaccination Compulsory amid New Variant Spread

Tyson Foods Inc. is mandating all of its workers in the Top U.S. region to get fully vaccinated before November 1. The step by Tyson is among st the most belligerent needs to stop another wave of infections that closed food-production plants in 2020.

Till now, companies have mainly used bonuses and other inducements to motivate workers to get jabbed. But now, as the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging across the country and threatening disruptions, numerous organizations are making it compulsory for workers.

Walmart Inc., the largest private employer in the Top U.S., and Walt Disney Corp. announced vaccination needs for their workers last week.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has also made front line worker vaccination compulsory.

In a statement on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the company said that all of the company leading authorities should get jabbed by September 24, all in-office staff by October 1, and the rest of the employees by November 1.

The company added that half of its force has already been vaccinated.

Along with prisons and nursing homes, meat plants were the primary hot spots for the virus outbreak in the starting phase of the pandemic.

Numerous workers fell victims to the virus, out of which many lost their lives as the plants shut down, raising prices for pork and beef and prices for animals to drop.

Firms including Tyson made efforts to stop the outbreaks by adding medical staff, hand sanitizer stations, and plastic dividers.

Tyson said that exceptions to the vaccination compulsion would involve employees who seek religious or medical accommodation. It further added that the problem would be a matter of dealing with unionized employees.

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