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Tyson Foods Is The Latest Major Company Requiring Workers To Get Vaccinated Amid Covid Surge – See The Full List

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 3, 2021

Topline

Some companies are starting to require that workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus as the spread of the delta variant fuels a surge in cases nationwide.

Key Facts

Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat processors in the U.S., said Tuesday it will require its employees to get vaccinated against coronavirus — and will give $200 to frontline employees who show proof of vaccination.

Las Vegas employees of MGM Resorts who refuse to show proof of vaccination will be required to take periodic Covid tests, reported KSNV.

Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo are asking employees to report their vaccination status, while Morgan Stanley is requiring employees who want to return to work in its New York offices to get vaccinated.

Google is also joining Apple in postponing its return date for workers from September to October due to concerns with rising Delta variant cases in all 50 states.

Key Background

U.S. Justice Department lawyers said last week that federal law does not stop private companies and federal agencies from requiring workers to get vaccinated. A number of hospital and healthcare systems across the U.S. have already required employees to be  vaccinated, which has been met by protests and lawsuits in some cases. In June, a Texas judge tossed out a lawsuit from workers at Houston Methodist Hospital who were suspended for refusing to get vaccinated. Boosting the vaccination rate has taken on greater urgency due to the spread of the delta variant, with  the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in the U.S. increasing from roughly 51,000 last week to 63,000 as of Sunday. States like New York and California have also issued mandatory vaccine requirements this week for state workers and healthcare workers in state hospitals.

Chief Critic

The House GOP supported a bill that eventually stalled in June that would ban employers from mandating vaccinations. One of its sponsors, Rep. Russ Diamond of Illinois said it was “a very simple question of workers’ rights,” and Rep. Barb Gleim of Maryland said, “you cannot force an individual to take an experimental vaccine.” 

Big Number

164.9 million. That is how many people are fully vaccinated in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control, amounting to 49.7% percent of the U.S. population. 

Further Reading

Coronavirus Vaccines In The Workplace: What Employers Can And Can’t Do (Forbes)

Goldman Sachs Requires Bankers To Report Their Vaccination Status (Forbes)

Top Medical Groups Urge Mandatory Covid Vaccinations For Healthcare Workers (Forbes)

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