With Covid-19 cases surging across the U.S. to levels not seen since February, businesses, governors, and White House officials are pushing to get more people vaccinated. Nearly one-quarter of the 30 companies in the
had mandated vaccines for some of their employees over the past two weeks.
(MCD) have all mandated vaccines for some or all employees working in offices, according to media reports and company statements.
But even among those with mandates, each company has taken a different approach in its policy. Walt Disney has one of the broadest mandates, requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees working on-site, which it didn’t specify, to receive vaccinations by the end of September.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walmart, and McDonald’s require vaccinations for employees with corporate or support functions. McDonald’s said it isn’t mandating vaccinations for restaurant workers, but it is giving employees at its owned locations up to four hours of paid time off to do so, The Wall Street Journal reported.
In some cases, such as with
companies put mandates in place for workers who choose to work at an office, while still allowing workers to work from home.
Other Dow components including
(AAPL) have not implemented vaccine mandates but are requesting employees disclose their vaccination status, according to company statements and media reports. Many Dow companies such as
(CAT) are encouraging employees to get vaccinated, but have not mandated them.
Additionally, some companies have implemented incentives or accommodations for employees to receive vaccines. A
(PG) spokesperson indicated that the company established a goal of having a 70% vaccination rate at U.S.-based sites, and once a site reaches that goal, the company will offer a “charitable contribution commensurate” to employees at the site.
(INTC), which encourages but doesn’t mandate vaccines, is also offering up to four hours of paid time off to allow employees to schedule their vaccine appointments. 3M (MMM) has held vaccination clinics on-site to encourage employees to get vaccinated.
(IBM) is not requiring vaccination but is aiming for a September return to office, while its subsidiary Red Hat requires employees working in the office this summer to be fully vaccinated.
The vaccination policy of several companies—including
(V)—is currently unknown. Barron’s reached out to these companies for comment.
Many, including JPMorgan and
(HD), have recently reinstated company-wide mask mandates regardless of vaccination status due to the prevalence and high transmission rate of the Delta variant.
The highly contagious mutation has been spreading across the country. The U.S. is averaging 124,000 cases a day, up 86% over the past 14 days, according to data kept by the New York Times. Hospitalizations and death counts are also rising, climbing 82% and 75% in the past two weeks, respectively.
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