Despite widespread availability of vaccines, hospitalizations caused by COVID-19 outbreaks have reached a record high in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This time around, many of those hospital trips can be tied to patients who have foregone a vaccination. This includes many people in their 20s being impacted by the Delta variant of COVID-19. Given the new surge, some government bodies and companies are stepping up the push for vaccinations.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has made the Big Apple the first U.S. city to require workers and customers to show proof of at least one dose for indoor activities.
Tyson Foods, which employs 120,000 workers in the U.S., will require all workers to be vaccinated. This information is based on the corporate statement issued on August 3. The largest U.S. food company also plans to provide a $200 bonus to all fully vaccinated frontline team members.
To date, 56,000 team members, or 47% of Tyson’s workforce, have been vaccinated. Here’s the company’s rollout plan to reach full vaccination status:
• September 24, 2021: All Tyson leadership and officers
• October 1, 2021: All Tyson team members working in the office
• November 1, 2021: All other Tyson team members
“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the single most effective thing we can do to protect our team members, their families, and their communities,” said Dr. Claudia Coplein, chief medical officer for Tyson Foods.
Will others follow suit?
The corporate world does appear split on the topic, largely due to low unemployment rates. Even so, Walmart and Microsoft have eased into the vaccine mandate by requiring office workers to bolster immunity against COVID-19. Other organizations are bringing back mask mandates.