Grand Island JBS workers to get vaccine bonus

JBS Swift announced a vaccine bonus program Thursday.
JBS Swift announced a vaccine bonus program Thursday.(JBSSA)
Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 1:37 PM CST
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Grand Island, Neb. (KSNB) - JBS USA says it will pay each of its workers $100 if they get a COVID-19 vaccination.

In a press release issued Thursday, JBS said the bonus is designed to “encourage maximum participation” in future plans to vaccinate 100 million people in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. JBS CEO Andre Nogueira, said in part, “Our goal in offering this extra pay to our team members is to remove any barriers to vaccination and incentivize our team members to protect themselves, their families and their coworkers.” Nogueira also said the company hopes that high vaccination rates would also benefit the communities where JBS operates.”

“In internal surveys, our team members have indicated a willingness to get vaccinated, with participation rates at individual facilities ranging from 60 to 90%,” said Chris Gaddis, head of human resources, JBS USA. “We recognize that some team members in our diverse workforce may have concerns or be less inclined to get vaccinated. The incentive bonus is designed to encourage voluntary vaccination and provide an additional measure of support to our team members who have given so much to society and our country during this pandemic.”

The press release also stated that the company has begun internal education programs to emphasize the safety, efficacy and importance of getting vaccinated.

Recent estimates put the number of employees at the Grand Island JBS plant at around 3,600. If each employee was vaccinated the total bonus payout for the company in Grand Island would be about $360,000.

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