Employees at AGCO/Fendt's headquarters in Marktoberdorf will be vaccinated against the Coronavirus starting in May. The agricultural machinery manufacturer has been accepted by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care as one of the companies in the stage 2 model projects to test and improve the organization and processes for company vaccinations. Lessons learned will then be incorporated into the national vaccination strategy.
"Through the vaccination, we offer our employees the greatest possible security to protect themselves, their relatives, and also their colleagues from infection with the Coronavirus," says Christoph Gröblinghoff, Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board, pleased about the company's participation in the model project. "For more than a year, we have been trying to keep the virus out of our plants through various measures. Whether it's by making it mandatory to wear masks throughout the plant premises or by offering daily self-tests to all employees free of charge."
With more than 4,000 employees, AGCO/Fendt is one of the largest companies in a high incidence area. Regions are assessed as such if the 7-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants is significantly higher than the national or state average and at least exceeds 200.
In addition, AGCO/Fendt as a manufacturer of agricultural machinery belongs to the agricultural sector, which is elementary for feeding the population.
"We have a company health management division that evaluates all protective measures in our company on a daily basis. Our team, consisting of health managers, company doctors and medical assistants, works closely with the local health department and is well networked through the Association of German Company Physicians," Christoph Gröblinghoff describes the Fendt team of experts for all Corona protective measures. "For many years, we have offered our employees the annual flu vaccination. This means we have the medical expertise, but also the organizational know-how and the appropriate equipment at the plant. Even if only smaller batches of vaccines will be available at the beginning, we consider ourselves well prepared to carry out the vaccination pragmatically after fair prioritization."
Vaccines will be delivered on behalf of and in coordination with the local vaccination center. AGCO/Fendt's findings will be incorporated into the subsequent nationwide involvement of company physicians to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.
The nationwide integration of company physicians or companies into the vaccination strategy is planned for June, as soon as the federal government has created the necessary framework conditions