Bonduelle Launches On-Site Vaccine Clinic at Irwindale Facility
IRWINDALE, CA - In one of the industry’s most recent COVID-19 vaccination initiatives, Bonduelle, which is the parent company of Ready Pac Foods, announced that it will be holding a multi-week clinic for its Irwindale, California, employees. In partnership with Albertsons, the Bonduelle vaccine clinic will provide shots for up to 200 employees per day, with a goal of fully vaccinating a minimum of 1,000 employees by the end of the clinic’s run.
“As a large employer of frontline workers in Los Angeles County, we keep the health and safety of our diverse workforce as a top priority,” said Mike Gomes, Chief Manufacturing Officer of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Bonduelle. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken many proactive, precautionary steps to help protect our associates. The ability to offer free vaccines on-site is an integral step in eliminating COVID-19, and we’re proud to work with the County of Los Angeles to make this possible for our frontline heroes.”
As of March 1, Los Angeles County entered Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution process, offering prioritized access for workers in the food and agriculture sector. In response to this, Bonduelle acted swiftly to make the vaccines available to its employees in a convenient and accessible way.
With the support of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, the vaccines were secured. The company is working directly with local health authorities to coordinate future employee clinics where feasible.
“Bonduelle and its employees are part of our community, and their on-site vaccine clinic is imperative to protecting some of our most essential workers who have worked throughout the pandemic,” said Solis. “I am proud to partner with Bonduelle, one of the largest employers in our county, in making the vaccine accessible and easy for its frontline workers, who are so essential to feeding our community and those across the nation.”
With more than 1,800 employees, the Irwindale facility is the company’s largest in the U.S., according to a press release. The vaccine clinic is exclusive for employees of Bonduelle, and all employees who live near or work in the facility are eligible as recognized food and agriculture sector workers. The vaccine will be optional for employees and free of charge.
“The Bonduelle on-site vaccine clinic is an example I hope we can continue to replicate in the city of Irwindale and the larger Los Angeles community as we look to defeat COVID-19,” said Irwindale Mayor H. Manuel Ortiz. “I’m heartened by the fact that these frontline heroes will have convenient access to the vaccine.”
The Bonduelle Irwindale facility and facilities across the U.S. will continue to follow all health authority guidelines even if employees are vaccinated, which will include maintaining social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as long as these actions continue to be recommended or required by health authorities.
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