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Tyson Foods: More than 96 percent of workers vaccinated ahead of deadline

Jay County plant workers among those under company mandate
FILE - A Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. (AP...
FILE - A Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)(Danny Johnston | AP)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 3:03 PM EDT
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JAY COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA) - Meatpacking giant Tyson Foods says more than 96% of its workers have been vaccinated ahead of the company’s Nov. 1 deadline for them to do so.

The company based in Springdale, Arkansas, says it has seen a significant decline in virus cases as more of its 120,000 workers got their shots.

Tyson says workers who don’t get the shots by the deadline will be fired. Tyson remains the only major meatpacking company to require vaccinations.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union praised the company’s progress with vaccinations because the mandate came with an agreement to provide 20 hours of paid sick leave to employees.

Tyson Foods operates three Indiana facilities -- in Portland, Corydon and Logansport.

The requirement means workers at the Tyson Foods-Mexican Original facility located on West Tyson Road in Portland would have to be vaccinated. That facility produces tortillas, chips and flatbreads for use at restaurants.

Tyson was one of the first major U.S. employers of front-line workers to implement such a policy.

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