From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, through butcheries and air traffic, more and more companies in the United States are demanding that their employees be vaccinated, even until the rehabilitator is fired.
For example, the information chain CNN fired three employees who violated its health policy when they went to work without being vaccinated against Govt-19.
CNN President Jeff Zucker tweeted to a CNN reporter on Thursday in a memo that “I’m clear: we have a zero tolerance policy on this.
But companies hesitated for a long time.
Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, has warned that he plans to vaccinate all employees in the United States from January.
However, until this Friday he finally asked the company’s 67,000 employees to do it by the end of October.
“We know some of you will not accept this decision,” he wrote in a signed message with the company’s head of public affairs.
“But our biggest responsibility is to ensure their safety at work and the facts are clear: we are all safe when we are all vaccinated.”
According to the federal agency for enforcing laws against discrimination in the workplace (EEOC), employers have the right to vaccinate workers who return face-to-face, except for medical exceptions or religious opposition. .
Eric Feldman, a health legal expert at the University of Pennsylvania, says CNN has the right to lay off employees who break the rules if the terms of the contract are imposed.
“It is irresponsible to put yourself at risk without wanting to be vaccinated, but it is clearly unethical and in many cases illegal to put others at risk,” he added.
On Wall Street, which has long encouraged its employees to return to the office, investment bank Morgan Stanley and property manager Blackrock have warned that only vaccinated employees can enter real estate since June.
In Silicon Valley, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have made similar decisions in recent days.
Meat company Tyson Foods on Tuesday announced that vaccination will be mandatory for employees in offices and butcheries from November 1.
With the outbreak of infections linked to the delta type, “this is a good time to move on to the next stage,” said Claudia Goblin, the company’s chief physician.
Less than half of Tyson Foods employees have been vaccinated, according to the national average: the White House announced Friday that half of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.
Peter Capelly, a professor at the Warden School of Management, said: “It was initially expected that many staff would be vaccinated voluntarily.”
The expert believes that while some companies are still reluctant to vaccinate, this is mainly due to political reasons.
“Many now think it is fair to oppose the vaccine, fearing that some employers will face political opposition,” he explained.
Walmart, for example, was the country’s first private employer to mandate employees at its headquarters, but not for those in supermarkets and warehouses.
“These stores are mainly in rural areas where vaccine resistance has high roots,” says Cappelli.
At a time when it is difficult to persuade decision-makers in certain sectors, especially low-wage earners, employers do not want to take the risk of blocking potential workers.
Michael Urban, from the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven, said, “We hope we’ve got rid of this mess now. But this is not the case because many people do not trust this system.”
Now some big companies are taking the first step, while others should follow suit, he predicts.
But he adds that for smaller companies that do not survive and have to adhere to regulatory changes, it will be easier for authorities to decide to vaccinate everyone.
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