Vaccine Mandates Spread After FDA Approves COVID Vaccine

Dejania Oliver

August 24, 2021

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While dozens of companies began mandating masks or vaccinations for workers or costumers — and sometimes both — because of the coronavirus Delta variant, many more firms and governments are joining the movement following the FDA's decision to grant the Pfizer vaccine full approval on Monday.

For them, the FDA decision removes one of the final barriers to requiring vaccinations: That the vaccine wasn't yet fully approved. While exemptions do exist, in some cases anyone refusing to be vaccinated will have to undergo regular testing for COVID-19.

More mandates was a goal for some. President Joe Biden on Monday specifically asked private companies to now require vaccinations. The Pentagon, too, on Monday announced it would move forward with its plans to require military personnel to get the shots.

Here is a list of companies and governments requiring vaccines:

Governments:

Tech:

  • GoogleVaccine requirement for employees returning to the office.

  • Facebook — All employees must get vaccinated before returning to the office.

  • Microsoft — Employees, vendors, and guests entering Microsoft's buildings will need proof of vaccination.

  • Twitter — Employees returning to offices must be vaccinated.

Travel/transit:

Service/retail:

Entertainment:

Medical/pharmaceutical companies:

Media:

Other:

  • Tyson Foods — Office, slaughterhouse, and poultry plant employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 1.

  • Texas Instruments — Workers required to get vaccinated.

  • Chevron — Employees who work in other countries, travel internationally or work on U.S.-flagged ships must be vaccinated.

Masks:

  • Apple — Both staff and customers need masks in stores in high-risk areas.

  • Uber — Office workers must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

  • Kroger — Employees are required to wear a mask.

  • Walt Disney — Mandated masks for all guests indoors regardless of vaccination status.

  • Walmart — Reimposing mask rule for employees in high-risk areas.

  • Home Depot — Employees are required to wear a mask.

  • Target — Employees are required to wear a mask.

  • Lowe's — Employees are required to wear a mask.

  • McDonald's — Employees and customers are required to wear masks in high-risk areas.

  • Verizon — Masks are required in all stores for unvaccinated customers and employees.

  • Publix — Employees are required to wear a mask.

  • Aldi — Unvaccinated employees and customers are required to wear masks.

  • CVS — Unvaccinated employees and customers are required to wear masks.

  • Amazon — All Employees are required to wear a mask. 

  • Target — Employees in high-risk areas must wear masks. 

Sources

Centene: "Centene Announces Additional Actions To Further Protect Members And Employees From COVID-19."

The Wall Street Journal: "Chevron Begins Vaccination Mandates as Covid-19 Roils Oil Fields," "Which Companies Are Mandating Covid-19 Vaccines for Employees?"

Global News: "B.C. becomes second province to require proof of vaccination, starting Sept. 13."

D Magazine: "Texas Instruments Requiring All U.S. Employees to Get COVID-19 Vaccine."

The New York Times: "CNN fires three employees who went into the office unvaccinated," "Virginia will require state workers to be vaccinated or get tested," "The Washington Post will require employees to be vaccinated."

Frontier: "Frontier Airlines Announces Employee Vaccine Policy Effective Oct. 1."

Delta: "Delta to require new hires in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19."

Hawaii News Now: "Hawaiian Airlines to require all US-based employees to be vaccinated against COVID."

Fierce Pharma: "UPDATED: Pfizer, Eli Lilly and J&J roll out COVID-19 vaccination rules as delta makes case for mandates."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "UPS to require vaccines for returning office workers."

The Times-Picayune: "New Orleans to require COVID vaccines or negative tests for bars, Superdome, other venues."

SHRM: "Federal Government, Large Companies Roll Out Stricter Vaccination Policies."

Reuters: "McDonald's to require US office workers to get vaccinated; postpones office return."

The Associated Press: "Disney requiring US employees to be vaccinated against virus."

CNN: "Fox News mandates employees disclose vaccination status."

NBC News: "Here are the companies mandating vaccines for all or some employees."

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