Days after urged private companies to get their employees vaccinated, Walmart joined the list of corporations issuing COVID vaccination mandates for workers.
Walmart says all employees at headquarters and managers who travel within the U.S. must be vaccinated by early October. Frontline store and warehouse workers are not required to do so.
Those upper level managers represent a fraction of the 1.5 million Walmart employees, the company hopes they’ll be role models and lead others to take the vaccine. Walmart spokesman Scott Pope told NBC News,
“We’re hoping that will influence even more of our frontline associates to become vaccinated..
Walmart said in a news release,
“As we all know, the pandemic is not over, and the Delta variant has led to an increase in infection rates across much of the U.S. Given this, we have made the decision to require all market, regional and divisional associates who work in multiple facilities and all campus office associates to be vaccinated by Oct. 4, unless they have an approved exception. This includes all new hires.”
Walmart is also doubling the incentive to unvaccinated employees from $75 to $150. Workers who already have been vaccinated will receive another $75 in a coming paycheck.
Disney will also require all salaried and non-union hourly employees and new hires in the US to get vaccinated in the next 60 days.
Disney said in a statement that,
“based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney has about 170,000 employees worldwide as of April this year.
Google and Facebook announced last week that all employees are also required to be vaccinated.
This just in from The Daily Beast,
The Met Gala returns to New York next month (and just as with Fashion Week) only vaccinated celebrities will be allowed a coveted invitation. As a spokesperson for The Met said,
“Currently, all attendees at The Met Gala on September 13 must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking. We will update these guidelines as needed.”
The theme for this year’s ball is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and it will be hosted by Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, Amanda Gorman, and Timothée Chalamet, with honorary chairs Tom Ford and Anna Wintour.
(via Web MD)