Since the COVID-19 pandemic settled in last year, Ford has been at the forefront producing and distributing PPE, including, most recently, over a hundred million face masks to at-risk communities. Now, Ford employees interested in receiving COVID-19 vaccines can get them on-site at manufacturing facilities in three states. Starting today, Ford and the UAW are offering the vaccine program to employees in Southeast Michigan and will provide the shot to employees in the Lima, Ohio, and Kansas City, Missouri areas as well.
The on-site vaccination program is another step in Ford’s ongoing efforts to help employees “finish strong” in the battle against COVID-19. With all states now opening vaccine eligibility to residents ages 16 and older, appointments are in demand and fill up quickly on a day-to-day basis. Hourly and salaried employees who are having difficulty finding an appointment now need to look no further as Ford is opening appointments at its on-site locations.
“It has been a stressful experience finding a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in the area,” said Jeri Feeman-Veldhoff, quality inspector at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant. “Now that stress has been lifted with Ford offering on-site appointments for its employees. I can’t wait to get my first shot.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines, in combination with other recommendations issued, results in the best protection against coronavirus. Ford and the UAW are encouraging employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they are medically able to do so.
In Southeast Michigan, Ford and the UAW are working with Rite Aid to administer the Moderna vaccine to employees. Clinics are being organized at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ernest Lofton Fitness Center at the Rouge Site, the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant, and the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant. Ford and the UAW are working with Lima Memorial Health System to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to employees at the Ford 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 the Ford 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.”
Ford is providing a digital scheduling system for employees to sign up for an appointment and to inform them what proof of identification they must bring. Employees are automatically scheduled for a second dose when they receive their first dose. Ford volunteers will be at each vaccination site to help with the event.
The on-site vaccine program begins today at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and will continue at various locations through June. Ford and the UAW are planning to add more COVID-19 vaccine sites at other facilities across the country.