Moy Park is facilitating its Northern Ireland workforce with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at work.
The business which has 6,000 employees in Northern Ireland, is working in partnership with the Public Health Agency and local health service providers to deliver the vaccination rollout at its processing facilities in Northern Ireland, initially at Craigavon from 20th May 2021.
The rollout complements the other COVID-19 safety measures which are in place at Moy Park including Lateral Flow Testing for staff and visitors to its sites, as well as thermal temperature scanning, enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes, Perspex screens, additional PPE and social distancing measures.
Speaking about the vaccination programme, Kirsty Wilkins, HR & Performance Director at Moy Park says the initiative will help protect team members at home and at work; “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. 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.”
Maurice Meehan, Head of Health Improvement for the Northern area at the PHA, said: “This initiative was established as a pilot exercise to explore the value of delivering a vaccination programme through a large scale workplace setting. We are grateful to Moy Park for the opportunity to explore the learning from the pilot and potential added value through increased uptake for those who access the vaccine.
“Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect our community against serious illnesses. When enough people get vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease to spread. This will help protect you and others.
“The mobile workplace vaccination programme at Moy Park will follow Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) guidelines and will be implemented by the Northern and Southern Health Trusts and supported by Ballymena Interethnic Forum, Craigavon Intercultural Programme and South Tyrone Empowerment Project (STEP).”
“Members of the public that are eligible can book their COVID-19 vaccine now; you don’t need to be invited. To find out who is currently eligible and how to book see: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-northern-ireland”