SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Simmons Foods has begun offering COVID-19 vaccines to thousands of its team members in Arkansas. The drive-thru vaccine clinics are being held in conjunction with the Simmons network of Care Clinics and on-site medical professionals. The clinics were made possible after the state opened priority vaccine distribution to food industry workers.
“This is an opportunity for Simmons and our team members to take responsibility for keeping each other, our families, and communities safe by getting vaccinated,” said Russell Tooley, Simmons chief administrative officer.
“At Simmons, we’re in a unique position of having our own dedicated network of Care Clinics to provide premium health care for our team members and their families,” Tooley added. “Our staff members have been working diligently to prepare for vaccines to become available, including informing and educating team members, and to move quickly to offer them to our team members.
“We applaud Governor Hutchinson’s efforts to protect all Arkansans through an organized vaccine distribution program. We are grateful he has placed a priority on the people in food production who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep food on the table. We are actively pursuing vaccines for our team members in other states as well.”
The vaccinations will provide an added layer of protection to the many health and safety measures already in place at that company, including masks, barriers, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, health screenings, and more, Simmons Foods notes.