We’ve spent more than $810 million on protective equipment, new technology in our plants, and team member benefits to manage the virus and keep our team members better protected.
We believe vaccines are the single, most effective way to protect our team members and have made that our policy because it is the right thing to do for our workforce and communities. We have held more than 150 onsite vaccination events at our plants, provided information to team members about vaccine benefits, and offered a variety of resources in multiple languages with support from outside medical experts.
We paid bonuses to frontline team members to acknowledge their hard work through the pandemic. We've also offered additional vaccination incentives at our plants, including $6.3 million in giveaways.
Our team members receive paid time off to get vaccinated, and fully vaccinated frontline team members receive a $200 thank you payment. We are providing paid leave for up to two weeks for team members who are fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 until March 2022.
Last year, we hired 200 additional nurses and appointed our first Chief Medical Officer who is working to expand our long-term culture of health, safety and wellness across Tyson Foods.
We use infrared temperature scanners at our locations, provide masks and face shields for our team members and employ more than 500 social distance monitors at our plants and facilities.
To supplement our enhanced safety protocols, we implemented a comprehensive data-led testing strategy to help keep cases low and our facilities safer.
Our vaccination policy is supported by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and the affiliated Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).