Last month, Ford and the UAW began offering on-site COVID-19 vaccines to employees at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ernest Lofton Fitness Center at the Rouge Site, Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Ford Rawsonville Components Plant, Ford Lima Engine Plant, and Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant. Now, the automaker is expanding the program to include its Chicago plants as well – the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant and Ford Chicago Stamping Plant. The vaccine clinics will take place at local UAW union halls.
Ford and the UAW are working with UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at the Chicago plants. The Chicago Stamping Plant will provide the vaccine for employees on May 6th, while the Chicago Assembly Plant will administer shots on May 13th.
UChicago Ingalls will provide a digital scheduling system that allows plant employees to sign up for an appointment for the vaccine, as well as inform them of what proof of identification is required to receive the shot. Those that receive the initial vaccine are automatically scheduled for their second dose, and volunteers will be at each vaccination site to help with the event.
“The health and safety of our employees remains our number one priority, and in addition to maintaining preventive measures including wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, the COVID-19 vaccine offers another layer of protection against the virus,” said Dr. Francesca Litow, Ford corporate medical director. “We are thrilled to partner with the UAW and UChicago Ingalls to provide access to a COVID-19 vaccine for more of our essential on-site workforce.”
Meanwhile, on-site vaccinations will continue at Ford’s plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri through June, and Ford and the UAW are planning to add more COVID-19 vaccine sites at other facilities across the country soon.