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Five pounds ground beef, chance at free meat for a year offered for Utah COVID vaccination

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Raw ground beef. (Photo: USDA)

Will meat be the difference maker in the quest to get people get people in Utah vaccinated?

That's the hope as JBS Foods is offering five pounds of free ground beef and a chance to win free meat for a year at two northern Utah COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

In cooperation with the Bear River Health Department, the company is promoting the "Your Shot at Free Meat for a Year" sweepstakes campaign is through its Hyrum, Utah processing plant.

Besides the ground-beef-for-all incentive, one winner from each of the two clinics gets free beef, pork and poultry for a family of four for a year.

“Every Covid-19 vaccine received will help keep our team members and our community safe and healthy,” said Darren Olsen, JBS Hyrum plant manager. “This sweepstakes is a great incentive to encourage everyone to come out and do their part to help put an end to the pandemic.”

JBS Hyrum says nearly 65% of its employees have been vaccinated so far. That's behind the company's U.S. workforce that has a nearly 70% vaccination rate. Many of the company's 84 U.S. plants are in rural communities. It is the number two beef, pork and poultry producer in the U.S., according to its website, with 66,000 employees.

The clinics are set for Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the health department building on 665 E., 1300 North in Logan.

Hyrum is about 12 miles from the Logan health clinic. The plant is at 410 N., 200 West, in Hyrum.