Ford Motor Company announced Monday it intends to offer some hourly and salary employees COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines will be administered on-site in three different manufacturing locations.
The automaker says it is partnering with vendors in Southeast Michigan, Missouri and Ohio to achieve the program. Ford and the United Auto Workers will provide the shots to manufacturing employees in Michigan, Kansas City, Missouri and Lima, Ohio. Employees who are interested in getting a shot will be able to sign up via a new scheduling tool. Employees will be automatically scheduled for their second dose, according to Ford.
Shots commenced today at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant outside of Detroit. Ford says the program will continue through June and it aims to expand the program to more facilities.
In Southeast Michigan Ford is partnering with Rite Aid to administer the Moderna vaccine to employees. Clinics are being organized at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ernest Lofton Fitness Center at the Rouge Site, Van Dyke Transmission Plant and Rawsonville Components Plant. Ford and the UAW are working with Lima Memorial Health System to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to employees at the Lima Engine Plant in Ohio. In Missouri, Ford and the UAW are working with Liberty Memorial Health System to make the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available to employees at Kansas City Assembly Plant.
“COVID-19 vaccines are a major tool to help reduce the risk of infection, so we want to ensure our employees have access to vaccines,” said Dr. Francesca Litow, Ford corporate medical director. “We are grateful to partner with various health providers across the country to protect the health and safety of our workforce and finish strong together.”
Today marks the first day in which all U.S. adults over the age of 16 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention getting a vaccine along with other preventative measures is the best defense against the virus.