Stellantis to distribute vaccines to employees and family at Metro Detroit union halls
Stellantis NV announced on Wednesday that it will begin delivering COVID-19 vaccines to its employees and their families in Metro Detroit at certain United Auto Workers union halls starting Friday as the state pro the nation in adding new cases Head leads.
Expanding efforts by the transatlantic automaker to offer vaccines now with pharmacy Rite Aid Corp. citing unnamed sources, according to Bloomberg, and even affecting production at its Sterling Heights assembly plant, which builds the lucrative Ram 1500 pickup truck, is becoming increasingly common, according to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources.
“We are seeing cases of COVID that are consistent with or reflecting those in the community our employees live in,” said Brad Thompson, Stellantis’ director of health, disability and medical operations. “We’ve seen an increase in Michigan, such as the state of Michigan, and in other locations, such as Indiana and Ohio, our fall trend is in line with the communities our employees live in.”
The automaker continues to have protocols in its plants including requesting masks, temperature checks and symptom questionnaires, and providing tests.
“These are ongoing and that will keep employees safe,” said Thompson. “Access to vaccines is another way to ensure employee health.”
An appointment is required to receive the vaccine from Rite Aid in the union rooms, which employees can do by contacting their plant’s medical or human resources offices. Stellantis employees and their loved ones can obtain the vaccine from Moderna Inc. at the following locations and times:
- Warren Truck Assembly Plant On Site 140 23345 Pinewood, Warren: Friday, 2pm to 7pm; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6th from 2pm to 7pm; Friday, May 7th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 8th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sterling Stamping Plant Local 1264 7450 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights: Wednesday, April 28th from 2pm to 7pm and Thursday, April 29th from 8am to 1pm
- Jefferson North Assembly Plant Local 7 at 2600 Conner St., Detroit: Friday, April 30th, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 1st, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Stellantis employees in Belvidere, Illinois, where the Jeep Cherokee SUV is assembled, were among the first auto workers in the country to receive the vaccines in early February when Stellantis began serving them through the health and wellness center operated by the Swedish-American health system there administer.
Since then, the automaker has expanded distribution to its other health and wellness centers in Kokomo, Indiana and Detroit, which are operated by Ascension Michigan, according to state instructions.
In late March, Stellantis in Toledo, Ohio also worked with a local hospital to distribute vaccines in a union hall with successful results, Thompson said. The automaker has distributed thousands of vaccines to its employees and their families, with no employees who may have received the vaccines elsewhere. This also makes it difficult to keep track of the entire vaccinated population of the company’s workforce.
“We continue to encourage our members to capitalize on and recognize the efforts Stellantis has made for our members at these vaccination sites in the UAW Local Union Halls,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada in a statement made with the Detroit 3 Task Force worked together to encourage all members to get vaccinated while respecting and protecting our members’ personal beliefs. “
Stellantis’ cross-functional teams continue to work with state and local authorities to discuss the suitability and availability of vaccines, access channels, and communicating with staff about the vaccines and where to buy them.
Crosstown’s rivals General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. have also made efforts to help their employees obtain the vaccine. Ford announced Monday that it is vaccinating on-site with Rite Aid for hourly and salaried employees at its Flat Rock assembly plant, the Ernest Lofton fitness center in the Rouge complex in Dearborn, the Van Dyke transmission facility in Sterling Heights and Rawsonville Components Plant introduces in Ypsilanti. To this end, the company also worked with regional hospitals in Lima, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri.
GM works with public health officials to deliver vaccines to employees and has offered on-site clinics at the Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Congregation Center and in Lansing, Saginaw, and Spring Hill, Tennessee. More will follow.
Michigan exceeded 800,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and more than 17,000 deaths since March 2020. It has led the nation in new infections and hospitalizations for two weeks. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the state’s 519 cases per 100,000 people significantly outnumber New Jersey with 292 cases per 100,000 people.
“At the end of the day,” Thompson said, “the best way forward and the best way to get back to normal is to get vaccinated.”
The authors Jordyn Grzelewski and Kalea Hall contributed to this.