Starbucks has announced that it will be vaccinating all employees in the United States from February 9th. Those who refuse to be vaccinated should have regular screening tests every week.
The Seattle-based Coffeehouse Chain said on Monday it was doing so on the instructions of the U.S. Federal Agency for Occupational Health and Safety, which in November asked all companies with 100 or more employees to adopt a vaccination or screening policy. Tests.
The requirement, which is subject to a number of legal challenges, was confirmed last month by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court in turn is scheduled to hear the case on Friday.
Starbucks has asked its 228,000 U.S. employees to release the vaccine status by January 10th.
“I recognize that our partners, like the rest of the country, have very different opinions on immunizations,” Starbucks COO John Culver wrote in a letter to staff at the end of December.
“Like any leader, my responsibility is to do what I can to keep you safe and create a safe work environment,” he added.
For Starbucks, the full vaccine is a two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If an employee refuses to be vaccinated, he or she must cover the cost of the weekly screening tests and visit a pharmacy, medical center, or other screening center each week to oversee the test.
Religious or medical justifications may be assessed, but the company assures us that to work in a chain hotel, any employee must be vaccinated or subjected to a weekly screening test.
Employees who test positive for the virus can use paid time to isolate themselves. Starbucks says it is currently offering five days’ paid leave in two periods to isolate itself due to the epidemic.
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