AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — In a press release, Teamsters Local 577 said it agreed to support Tyson Food’s company requirement that all facility’s workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Teamsters said this decision is the result of discussions between Tyson and the Teamsters and includes the same improvements in benefits Tyson is implementing at other facilities across the country.

“We’re grateful Teamsters Local 577 is putting its support behind this important effort to keep our plant’s team members better protected against COVID-19,” said Paul Finch, Amarillo plant manager, Tyson Foods. “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective thing our team members can do to protect themselves, their families and our community here in Amarillo.”

According to the press release, effective January 1, 2022, fully vaccinated team members can begin earning up to 20 hours of paid sick leave per year. New hires will also receive one week of vacation after six months of employment.

Currently, approximately 100,000 (or more than 80%) of Tyson Foods’ U.S. team members have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Over 45,000 team members have been vaccinated since the company announced its requirement in early August said the Teamsters.