Updated: April 17, 2021 01:38 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 05:00 PM
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) held a roundtable Friday afternoon with representatives from several Minnesota-based manufacturers to discuss internal vaccination efforts.
Traci Tapani, the Co-President of Wyoming Machine Co., explained during the round table that, unlike many businesses, manufacturing employers weren’t able to work remotely because they had to come in to create the items that were needed during the pandemic.
“Our customers were relying on us every day to keep making shipments to them because that product was needed,” she explained.
For her, she said it felt like an end was in sight now that more than one-third of her company has been vaccinated.
To encourage employees to get vaccinated, manufacturers have been pushing both informational material and incentives.
“It all starts with education and it’s one of the things we’ve been focusing a lot on,” said Chris Galvin, president of the Andersen Division. “We’re working with our partners at CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, [and] our local healthcare providers like Blue Cross Blue Shield to get the right kind of science based information into the hands of our employees. Once we can do that, then we’re in the position where we can encourage…and we’re encouraging all of our employees to get vaccinated.”
At Andersen Corporation, they are also offering a payment incentive in the form of $100 to employees get vaccinated.
Amy E. Dahl, the Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel at the Toro Company, said one of the last barriers that manufacturers need to get past is the lack of accessibility for some employees to get the vaccine.
“We would be delighted if we could have additional access to provide vaccines at our facilities,” she said.
The other participants of the roundtable agreed that in-house vaccinations is the ultimate goal.
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