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No Jab, No Job: Major companies take a hard line on mandated vaccinations

The White House wants CEOs to lead in the fight against the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Some of the nation’s largest employers, after months of skirting around the fraught issue, have in recent days been compelled to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for workers. This may be legally inconsequentially, however, the recent vaccine mandate has left many business leaders worried about its political implications.

While growing number of CEOs are in favor of requiring workers to be vaccinated, the rest are gauging if the time is right to change their vaccination policies in the workplace without standing out from the crowd. After the initial trickle of panic came a stream of announcements from companies mandating vaccines for all or some employees. Here’s a list of all companies who have already announced their Covid-19 vaccination plans.

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Amtrak: The railroad service is requiring all of its 18,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov. 1 or submit to weekly testing. Starting Oct. 4, all new employees will need to show proof they are fully vaccinated before their first day of employment.

Anthem: The healthcare insurance company is requiring employees to get vaccinated to enter its headquarters or other open offices. It is also the first health insurer to offer financial incentives to employees for getting inoculated.

Ascension Health: The non-profit health systems company is requiring all of its associated to get the Covid-19 jab, regardless of whether they work on-site or remotely, by Nov. 13. The vaccine mandate includes all of its staffers, subsidiary and partner employees, independent physicians, and volunteers who enter their facilities. Individuals can request exemptions based on medical conditions or religious beliefs.

AT&T: The telecom company is requiring its managerial staff to be vaccinated before they can enter company offices, though it may make exceptions for employees who cannot receive it for medical or other reasons.

Bank of America: The bank will allow only vaccinated employees to reenter its offices.

Blackrock: Back in June, the asset manager required all of its employees to report their vaccination status. Only employees who show proof of vaccination will be allowed to come back to work in September.

Capital One: The company requires all its employees to be fully vaccinated before returning to the office in November. Unvaccinated employees will be able to continue working from home until at least the first quarter of 2022.

Cardinal Health: The global pharmaceutical distributor and medical products supplier sent a memo to U.S. employees informing them that all of its salaried employees, office-based staff, sales team, and employees who need to travel for business will be required to get vaccinated by Oct. 4.

Centene Corporation: Starting Oct. 8, all employees as well as its essential business contractors and subcontractors will need to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter its offices.

Chevron: The U.S. oil producer is now requiring expatriate employees, staffers traveling internationally, and U.S.-flagged ship employees to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. It will also require offshore workers in the Gulf of Mexico and some offshore support staff to be vaccinated by Nov. 1.

Citigroup: The bank will require employees returning to corporate offices in New York, Chicago, and other cities to be vaccinated. It is the latest bank to mandate vaccines for employees as the Delta variant of Covid-19 surges.

CNN: Earlier this month, the news network fired three of its employees for going into an office without having been vaccinated against the coronavirus. According to its vaccine mandate only vaccinated employees will be permitted to return to its U.S. offices.

Cox Communications: The company is requiring that employees in some of its locations be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18

CVS: The health conglomerate said that corporate staffers or those who interact with patients must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31.

Deloitte: The world’s largest management consulting form is requiring employees who enter its facilities to be fully vaccine by Oct. 11.

Delta Air Lines: The airline issued a vaccine mandate requiring unvaccinated workers to pay an additional $200 per month to remain on Delta’s health plan. A few more companies are considering imposing such fees on unvaccinated workers.

DoorDash: The food delivery service will require all corporate employees who choose to work in offices to show proof of inoculation.

Equinox: The luxury fitness company will begin requiring employees to provide a one-time proof of vaccination to enter its facilities and offices starting in New York City in September.

Eli Lilly and Company: The Indianapolis-based biopharma company would require U.S. and Puerto Rico employees to be vaccinated before Nov. 15.

Facebook: The social media giant would require anyone coming to work in its U.S. offices to be vaccinated. Employees can work remotely if they are not inoculated until it fully reopens in October.

Ford Motor Company: The automaker requires its employees who travel internationally for business to get a vaccine. Earlier this month it also implemented a mask mandate for all of its employees.

Frontier Airlines: Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced a Covid-19 vaccine policy directing all employees to get inoculated by Oct. 1 or take regular Covid tests.

Goldman Sachs: The investment bank has made it mandatory for its staff to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus in order to work in its US offices.

Google: The search engine giant announced at the end of July that all employees would need to be vaccinated to work from its campus. The company also extended its work-from-home policy until Oct. 18.

Hawaii Airlines: The carrier released a vaccine mandate for workers requiring them to be fully inoculated by Nov. 1. Although some exemptions will be made for medical or religious reasons.

Hess: Oil producer Hess is requiring all offshore workers to be vaccinated before Nov. 1.

Hollywood Workers: Hollywood’s unions and studio representatives have reached a tentative Covid-19 safety agreement mandating vaccines for all cast and crew.

Jefferies Financial Group: The investment bank is mandating that employees who wish to return to its offices must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Johnson & Johnson: The company requires all its U.S.-based employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 4. It will make exceptions for people with medical conditions or other reasons.

Kraft Heinz: The food giant will require all U.S. office-based employees to be fully vaccinated prior to returning to office in January.

Lyft: The popular ride-sharing service will require corporate employees to provide proof of vaccination before returning to office, although the mandate doesn’t apply for drivers.

Microsoft: The Redmond-based tech giant will require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors, and any guests entering the company’s U.S. offices and other worksites, starting Sep 1.

Moderna: Moderna will require Covid-19 vaccination for all employees in the United States effective Oct. 1. It will make exemptions for employees with medical or religious reasons.

Morgan Stanley: The investment banking company has made it mandatory for workers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Those who refuse will lose building access.

Netflix: The streaming giant is now requiring all its employees and visitors to provide proof of inoculation before entering its headquarters. All cast and crew members of U.S. productions must also be vaccinated.

Northwestern Mutual: All 2,200 employees working for the company will be required to have the Covid-19 shot, and must provide proof of vaccination before entering company buildings.

Pfizer: The pharmaceutical giant’s U.S. employees will be required to get a jab or have to undergo weekly Covid testing.

The Washington Post: The news organization will require employees to be fully vaccinated by mid-September.

Tyson Foods: The company requires all its office workers to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1, while plant workers have until Nov. 1, subject to discussions with labor unions.

Uber Technologies: The ride sharing service has made it mandatory for its white collar employees, but not its drivers, to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. It postponed its office reopening date to Oct. 25 from September.

UPS: United Parcel Service will require employees in certain U.S. locations to be vaccinated before returning to work at its headquarters and other office buildings on Oct. 1. The company is still planning a staff-wide return pertaining to vaccinated workers only.

Union Square Hospitality Group: NYC dining heavyweight will require workers and indoor diners to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

United Airlines: The U.S. carrier will require its 67,000 U.S. employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by no later than Oct. 25 or risk termination. United’s requirement is one of the strictest vaccine mandates for employees from a U.S. company.

Walgreens: In addition to making masks mandatory for its U.S. employees, the drug store chain requires staff working at U.S. support offices to be fully vaccinated by Sep. 30.

Walmart: Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, with nearly 1.6 million workers, requires all employees at headquarters and managers who travel within the U.S. to be fully vaccinated by early October. Frontline workers are excluded from the vaccine mandate for employees.

Walt Disney Co.: Disney requires all on-site employees to get fully immunized before Oct. 1. Unionized workers at Disney World in Florida will have until Oct. 22 to get vaccinated.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Retailer Saks will require employees to be fully vaccinated before they return to work this fall.

Anna Verasai
Anna Versai is a Team Writer at The HR Digest; she covers topics related to Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Interview Tips, Employee Benefits, HR News and HR Leadership. She also writes for Technowize, providing her views on the Upcoming Technology, Product Reviews, and the latest apps and softwares.

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