MOY PARK is to offer employees the covid-19 vaccination at work, initially at its Craigavon site in Northern Ireland.
The firm employs 6,000 people in Northern Ireland and said it was working with the Public Health Agency and local health service providers to deliver the vaccination rollout at its processing facilities.
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Moy Park already has lateral flow testing for staff and visitors in place, thermal temperature scanning, enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes, Perspex screens, additional PPE and social distancing measures.
Outbreaks of covid-19 at poultry processing sites have proven highly disruptive throughout the pandemic.
Kirsty Wilkins, HR & performance director at Moy Park, said: “We are proud to be playing our part to help tackle the spread of coronavirus and are pleased to be able to enable our staff access to the vaccine during work hours for their convenience.
‘Return to normality’
“The onsite vaccination programme will be delivered by local health service providers in line with all government guidelines and requirements.
“We are grateful to the Department of Health, Public Health Agency and Northern and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts for their support on this programme as we work together to help our local communities and wider society return to normality.
“Safety is a condition at Moy Park, and we continue to maintain the highest level of vigilance to stop the virus coming into our facilities and help prevent its transmission.”