Ford has supported COVID-19 vaccines since the very beginning, running ad campaigns and ordering special freezers to ensure that employees who wanted a shot could get one, even when they were somewhat scarce. Then, the automaker began offering vaccines to its employees on-site at a number of its plants across the United States. Recently, FoMoCo expanded those efforts to include the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico, too.
The Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant didn’t just offer the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to its employees, however, but rather all adults between the ages of 18 and 29, as well as pregnant women. The shots were administered at the plant’s training center following approval by the Mexican Institute of Social Security.
Participants were asked to follow a number of procedures, including wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing, and using hand sanitizer during their visit. Those in attendance were also required to bring their vaccination card and a government-issued ID.
In addition to encouraging associates and non-employees to get vaccinated, Ford recently asked its hourly and salaried U.S.-based workers to submit their COVID-19 vaccination status, as Ford Authority reported earlier this week. The automaker is requiring its salaried employees, contractors, and agency workers to submit their COVID-19 vaccination status, but the process is voluntary for hourly employees represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
The move comes on the heels of President Joe Biden’s recently announced plan to vaccinated more Americans, which includes requiring federal workers and contract employees that work with the U.S. government to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, Biden has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to issue a rule that requires employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or require weekly testing.