May 27, 2021
Tyson Foods and Latino civil rights organisation collaborate to encourage vaccination
Tyson Foods recently hosted League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) CEO Sindy Benavides to an on-site COVID-19 vaccination event for nearly 200 Tyson employees at the company's plant in Houston, Texas, the United States.
Benavides met with Tyson workers to encourage vaccine participation and share LULAC's mission. As the largest Latino civil rights organisation in the US, LULAC is committed to supporting essential workers in the food industry and ensuring they have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 525,000 workers in 3,500 meat processing facilities nationwide, 44% or 231,000 are Latino," said Benavides. "We applaud Tyson Foods for being at the forefront of on-site vaccination programmes which are proving to be the most successful. We all share the same goal of promoting the health and safety of America's essential workers as they help nourish our nation."
Companywide, 28% of Tyson Foods employees identify as Hispanic or Latino.
"We appreciate LULAC's partnership and thank Sindy for helping drive awareness about the importance of the vaccine with our team members," said Hector Gonzalez, senior vice president, human resources for US business and administration at Tyson Foods. "Our focus has been on providing education and access to the vaccine and this event helped accomplish both of those goals."
More than 44,000 Tyson Foods employees have been vaccinated so far at more than 100 events held onsite at Tyson facilities or in nearby community facilities.
- Tyson Foods