Last Thursday, the governor announced Iowa would be getting 25,800 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week. Public health officials indicated that supply of the new single-dose vaccine would be enough for all frontline workers at the state’s meatpacking plants.
Tyson is the first company to announce that its 13,000 Iowa employees will have a chance to be vaccinated later this week. Mass vaccination sites will be set up at or near the company’s plants in Columbus Junction, Council Bluffs, Independence, Perry, Storm Lake and Waterloo.
A site will be set up in Sioux City for Iowa residents who work at Tyson’s nearby Dakota City, Nebraska plant.
Essential workers are now eligible for vaccinations. State officials say employees in meatpacking plants are classified as essential workers because they work in close proximity to others and cannot maintain six-feet of separation.