WEST CHICAGO, IL. (March 12), 2021 – Leading food and beverage manufacturer The Jel Sert Company today announced that over 600 team members at its West Chicago, Ill., facility would receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The event will take place on Monday, March 15th, at the company’s southwest training center. State Senator Karina Villa will be in attendance along with state Representative Maura Hirschauer, and West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda.
The effort to secure vaccines for Jel Sert’s essential workforce began on December 18, 2020. Jel Sert executives, county, city, and state officials worked in tandem to ensure that employees of the city’s largest manufacturing facility had access to the vaccine as quickly as possible. The company thanks Governor JB Pritzker for coordinating the vaccine inventory, Jewel-Osco for administering the vaccine, and the DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County government leadership, and the City of West Chicago for their support.
Jel Sert also gives special thanks to State Senator Karina Villa and State Representative Maura Hirschauer for their tireless efforts to assist in securing the vaccines and helping Jel Sert and the community of West Chicago to take an essential step forward in its path to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Working closely with SEIU Local 1, the management at Jel Sert, and the local health department, we have watched this local hub for employment redesign their way of doing things in order to protect their workers during COVID-19,” said Senator Villa. “Our team was happy to partner with them once again in bringing the vaccine to the workers on location.”
“For a full year, our manufacturing workers have put their lives and the lives of their loved ones on the line to serve our community. Today, working with critical community partners, we brought vaccines directly to the workplace to best serve the frontline workers who have been serving us so well,” said Representative Hirschauer. “Jel Sert is a leading employer in the area and has been transparent and proactive in their mission to keep their employees safe during the pandemic. They were a critical partner in getting the vaccine to their essential workforce and the community in which they live.”
Vaccination at the Jel Sert manufacturing facility is voluntary, and the company has worked with Jewel-Osco to ensure that any unused vaccines will not go to waste. Vaccines will be administered on-site by Jewel-Osco staff. The second dose will be administered on April 12th.
As a pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing facility, Jel Sert has always been dedicated to upholding the most stringent health standards that ensure the safety of its team of employees and the products it manufactures. In response to the global pandemic, the company’s COVID-19 leadership task force implemented additional rigorous safety standards, going above and beyond its standard protocols, as well as taking all appropriate steps recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Illinois Department of Public Health, and the DuPage County Health Department. Additionally, Jel Sert worked with Service Employees International Local 1 since day one to maximize employee safety.
“Throughout this pandemic, our team members here at Jel Sert have shown incredible resilience in the face of insurmountable uncertainty. Their dedication and determination to keeping our facility up and running for the past year has ensured that American families throughout the nation continue to have access to needed food, beverage, and nutritional essentials,” said Ken Wegner, President of The Jel Sert Company. “I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be vaccinated alongside the team here at Jel Sert and wanted to express my gratitude to the local and state officials that helped make this possible.”