Before the Biden administration’s vaccination mandate goes into effect in February, Starbucks just released a new COVID-19 workplace policy: Get the vaccine or get tested weekly, CNN Reports.
Showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is becoming an increasingly common part of life. From travel to dining, depending on where you live, you may need to provide one or the other. And for many Americans, proof of vaccination or a negative test is about to become a requirement for going to work.
Starbucks’ announcement comes about a month ahead of the vaccination mandate set by the Biden administration is set to take effect. In November, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced details of the mandate, which will require all companies with 100 or more employees to verify that their staff are fully immunized. Employees who are not vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests, at their expense, to remain in compliance.
Starbucks’ new COVID-19 workplace policy is in line with what the Biden administration has described. The company has announced that all of its 220,000 employees will have to disclose their immunization status by January 10. by CNN.
“This is an important step that we can take to help more partners get vaccinated, limit the spread of Covid-19 and create choices that partners can have based on what is best for them…. I hope we will all do our part to protect each other, ”Starbucks COO John Culver wrote in a letter initially sent to employees on Dec. 27, then reiterated Monday in an update. weekly day, according to Reuters.
Starbucks is the latest company to publish an immunization policy among a growing list of employers. CVS, Walgreens, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Uber, Lyft, and McDonald’s already have vaccine requirements in place, according to NBC.
What will count as « fully vaccinated » by employers and the government may change as the omicron variant continues to cause a huge increase in case rates. Currently the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention defines the fully vaccinated population as one who has received two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine alone. As of January, around 70% of the population over the age of five was fully vaccinated, while 33% of those people had also received a booster.