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JBS to provide vaccines this week

Contributed photo The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against OSHA on behalf of workers. JBS in Marshalltown was specifically named in the lawsuit.

On Sunday, JBS and Pilgrim’s announced approximately 8,500 team members – some in Marshalltown – will have the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine this week. The companies have been working closely with state officials, local health departments and union partners to encourage vaccination of the essential workforce as quickly as possible.

This week, employees in Marshalltown; Beardstown, Ill.; Booneville, Miss.; Cactus, Texas; Grand Island, Neb.; Greeley, Colo.; Hyrum, Utah; Lufkin, Texas; and Moorefield, W.V., will receive vaccines in partnership with local officials in each area. The quantity and process will vary from location to location. Some locations will execute large scale vaccination clinics on site, and others will provide a set number of vaccinations for JBS team members each day at the local health department.

“We have been focused on doing everything we can to prioritize our essential workforce in state vaccination plans across the country,” said Andre Nogueira, chief executive officer, JBS USA. “Our role is to be flexible in helping our team members and local officials in the communities where we operate. Whether that includes shutting down a facility to execute a mass vaccination or providing paid time off, incentives and facilitating transportation for our workforce to get where they need to go to get their vaccine, we’re committed to ensuring they have every opportunity possible to be vaccinated.”

JBS and Pilgrim’s will assist with vaccination efforts by leveraging company occupational health staff, coordinating logistics, and partnering with third-party health organizations to ensure medical professionals, nurses and resources are available to effectively administer vaccinations.

In January, JBS and Pilgrim’s announced a $100 incentive for all team members who choose to be vaccinated, designed to help encourage maximum voluntary participation among the workforce. The companies have also been promoting internal education campaigns to emphasize the safety, efficacy and importance of receiving the vaccine.

JBS and Pilgrim’s will maintain regular communication with state and local health departments and healthcare providers to coordinate the most effective means of vaccine delivery at each plant location, and to offer assistance in local vaccination efforts.

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