Tyson mandates vaccinations as other major players push anti-COVID measures

September 8, 2021

The heated debate over vaccine mandates has spilled over into the trucking industry with some shippers and major players now requiring drivers to be vaccinated, with Tyson Foods chiefly among them.

On Friday, Tyson’s president and CEO Donnie King wrote that in response to the new and more dangerous strains of COVID in circulation, the company would require all U.S. workers to take the vaccine.

Tyson Foods has struggled with COVID outbreaks in its meat processing facilities, but sources close to Commercial Carrier Journal note an increasing demand from shippers, especially those with food-grade freight, for vaccinated drivers.