More than HALF of companies are planning to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates

More than half of companies in the U.S. are planning to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year, a new survey finds.

Researchers from Willis Towers Watson, a British multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company, polled nearly 1,000 companies who employ around 9.7 million people.

They found that by the fourth quarter of 2021, 52 percent of employers are planning or could have one or more vaccine mandate requirements 

Mandates could range from requiring vaccination for staff to access common areas such as cafeterias to requiring vaccination for all employees.

It comes as some of the largest companies in the U.S. – such as Google’s parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook – require some or all staff to be vaccinated. 

A new survey found more than half, 52%, of about 1,000 U.S. companies said they are planning to impose Covid vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year (above)

A new survey found more than half, 52%, of about 1,000 U.S. companies said they are planning to impose Covid vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year (above)

Nearly one-third are planning or considering making vaccines a requirement to enter the workplace and 21% are considering the shots for all new hires. Pictured: Jose Espinoza, 27, receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles, August 2021

Nearly one-third are planning or considering making vaccines a requirement to enter the workplace and 21% are considering the shots for all new hires. Pictured: Jose Espinoza, 27, receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles, August 2021

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer Inc-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,

Public health experts have stated repeatedly stated that such a move would accelerate vaccine mandates in the U.S.

‘We expect even more employers to institute vaccine mandates in the wake of FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine,’ Dr Jeff Levin-Sherz, Willis Towers Watson’s population health leader, said in a statement.

For the survey, Willis Towers Watson surveyed 961 U.S. employers between August 18 and August 25.

More than half, or 52 percent, of employers said they may be instituting one or more vaccine mandate requirements.

This is an increase from the 21 percent of employers who say they currently have vaccine mandates in place.   

Nearly one-third of employers report that they are planning or considering making COVID-19 vaccines a requirement to enter the workplace.

And 21 percent said they either will or are thinking about requiring vaccinations of all new hires. 

As for whether or not the companies will keep track of employee’s vaccination status – and how they will – answers vary.

Currently, 59 percent of employers said they are tracking workers’ vaccination status and 19 percent are planning or considering doing so by the end of 2021.

Most places of employment that are tracking – 62 percent – require workers to submit proof such as a photo of their vaccine card. 

Another 36 percent are counting on their staff to self-report. 

‘The Delta variant has made employers take new actions to keep their workers – and workplaces – safe and healthy,’ Levin-Sherz said

‘This is not an easy situation for employers to navigate. For instance, new policies such as tracking workers’ vaccinations can improve safety but also bring additional administrative requirements. 

‘At the same time, employers will continue efforts to encourage vaccination and communicate regularly with employees.’ 

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden mandated companies with more than 100 workers to mandate vaccines or require weekly testing.

Several companies from media company Disney to bank Goldman Sachs to tech company Facebook to fast food chain McDonald’s have announced such mandates.

Companies across the country impose vaccine mandates for workers – and even visitors

AT&T – Only managers must be vaccinated

Amtrak – All employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 and new employees must show proof of vaccination starting Oct. 4. Employees could be granted medical or religious exemptions and will instead undergo weekly Covid-19 testing

Ascension Health – All employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 12, including those working remotely

Centene Corporation – All employees must provide proof of vaccination or undergo regular Covid-19 testing and wear masks at all times in the office

Chevron – Expatriate employees, workers traveling internationally, and employees on U.S.-flagged ships must be vaccinated. Offshore workers in the Gulf of Mexico must be vaccinated by Nov. 1

Cisco – All office workers must be vaccinated

Citigroup – All employees working in major cities must be vaccinated

CNN – All employees must be vaccinated and three have already been fired for violating the policy

CVS – Pharmacists must be vaccinated by Nov. 30 and corporate workers must be vaccinated by Oct. 31, with exemptions for medical and religious reasons

Deloitte – All employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 11

Delta Air Lines – All employees must be vaccinated or pay an additional $200 per month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan

DoorDash – All corporate employees working in person must be vaccinated

Envision Healthcare – All employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 with medical and religious exemptions

Equinox – New York City employees and members must be vaccinated beginning in September

Facebook – All US office workers must be vaccinated

Ford – All employees who travel for international business must be vaccinated

Frontier Airlines – All employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 1 or undergo weekly Covid-19 testing

Gilead Sciences – All U.S. employees and contractors must be vaccine by Oct. 1 with exemptions for medical and religious reasons

Goldman Sachs – All office staff and visitors must be vaccinated and will be subjected to regular Covid-19 testing starting September 7, with no exemptions

Google – All office workers must be vaccinated

Hawaii Airlines – All employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 1, but could apply for medical or religious exemptions and instead undergo regular Covid-19 testing

Hess – Employees who work in the Gulf of Mexico must be vaccinated by Nov. 1

Johnson and Johnson – All U.S. employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 4 with exemptions for medical or religious reason

Lyft – All office workers must be vaccinated

McDonald’s – All U.S. employees, excluding those at corporate or franchise restaurants, must be vaccinated by Oct. 11

MGM Resorts – Salaried office employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 15 and new office employees must be vaccinated starting Aug. 30. Las Vegas employees must undergo regular Covid-19 testing

Microsoft – All office workers and guests must be vaccinated by Oct. 4

Moderna – All US employees must be vaccinated by October

Morgan Stanley – All employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 1

Netflix – Anyone working in or visiting the company’s offices must be vaccinated

Northwestern Mutual – All office workers must be vaccinated with exemptions for medical or religious reason

Norwegian Cruise Line – All crew and passengers must be vaccinated at least two weeks before boarding

Pfizer – All U.S. employees and contractors must be vaccinated or undergo weekly Covid-19 testing

Politico – All employees must be vaccinated

Saks Fifth Avenue – All office employees must be vaccinated

Salesforce – All office workers must be vaccinated

The New York Times – All office workers must be vaccinated

The Washington Post – All employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 13

TJX – Only Home and Regional Office Associates must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 with medical and religious exemptions

Twitter – All office workers in San Francisco and New York must be vaccinated

Tyson Foods – All U.S. employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 1 and other staffers by Nov. 1 with medical and religious exemptions

Uber – All office workers must be vaccinated

United Airlines – All U.S. employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 25 with medical and religious exemptions

UPS – All headquarters and office building employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 1

Walgreens – All workers in support offices must be vaccinated by Sept. 30 or undergo weekly Covid-19 testing

Walmart – All staff at its headquarters and managers traveling within the U.S. must be vaccinated by Oct. 4, with medical and religious exemptions

Walt Disney parks – All on-site salaried and non-union employees must be vaccinated. Union employees have until Oct. 22 with medical and religious exemptions

 

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